Tuesday, April 13, 2010

James Shapiro: The Expert on Shakespeare

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by James ShapiroJames Shapiro, a longtime Columbia University professor and winner of the the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, knows his Shakespeare. In his new book, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, James Shapiro takes on the Baconists and the others who deny that Shakespeare was the author of the works attributed to him.

In many ways, Contested Will is a continuation of Shapiro's previous book—A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599—an intimate history of Shakespeare which follows the Bard through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature. With James Shapiro as their guide to this extraordinary year, students are able to know what Shakespeare read and wrote, what he saw, and with whom he worked as he invested in the new Globe Theatre and created four of his most famous plays—"Henry the Fifth," "Julius Caesar," "As You Like It," and, most remarkably, "Hamlet."

If you've decided to adopt A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 for you class, please request a desk copy.

Meanwhile, you and your students can meet James Shapiro in this video.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, Shakespeare's literary genius remains unchallenged in my book.