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Shakespeare [Format Kindle]

Anthony Burgess

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"Bright, racy...knowledgeable and humorous, alternately sensible and quirky." (Terry Eagleton)

"Anthony Burgess's wonderfully well-stocked mind and essentially wayward spirit are just right for summoning up an apparition of the Bard which is more convincing than most" (David Holloway Daily Telegraph)

"Animated by affection and an understanding of the creative imagination that only a creative writer can bring to bear" (Atlantic)

"A smooth-flowing narrative, often enlivened by Anthony Burgess's Joycean appetite for linguistic fantasy" (The Economist)

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Among Shakespeare's many biographers none brings to his subject more passion and feeling for the creative act than Anthony Burgess. He breathes life into Shakespeare the man and invigorates his times. His portrait of the age builds upon an almost personal tenderness for Shakespeare and his contemporaries (especially Ben Jonson), and on a profound sense of literary and theatrical history. Anthony Burgess's well-known delight in language infuses his own writing about Shakespeare's works. And in the verve of his biography he conveys the energy of the Elizabethan age.

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  • Editeur : Vintage Digital; Édition : New Ed (3 avril 2014)
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43 internautes sur 45 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully insightful book! 13 mai 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
The late, great Anthony Burgess shares one of the loves of his life--the works of Shakespeare--with the reader, not by providing close analysis of the literature itself (many fine books that do so are already available, as the author points out in his opening paragraphs), but by giving the reader a solid background on the Elizabethan era: on the major political figures, the intrigues, English preoccupations both domestic and abroad, a history of the theater, Shakespeare's contemporaries including Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson, and speculation about the life of Shakespeare himself. The information is surprising and fascinating. In the best chapter in the book, Burgess brilliantly imagines the first stage production of _Hamlet_. Likely named for Shakespeare's tragically short-lived son Hamnet, the play features Shakespeare's friend Richard Burbage in the title role. When Polonius tells Hamlet how he was once a player in his youth, and was "killed in the Capitol", acting as Julius Caesar, Hamlet remarks how one could kill "so capital a calf". Burgess reveals the joke shared by the actors and their Elizabethan audience: that in previous weeks, the actor who plays Polonius in the current production probably played the title role in Shakespeare's _Julius Caesar_. Mr. Burgess also shows the parallels between the Histories and the current political concerns of the time: Henry V is also a commentary on the rise to power of the Earl of Essex, almost overtly stated by the Chorus in the beginning. Shakespeare's fellow playwrights and actors also figure in his lines. Buried in a play are the words, "It strikes a man more dead/Than a great reckoning in a little room," clearly a reference to the death of Marlowe. By tracing the artistic development and clarifying the backdrop of Elizabethan politics and history, Burgess's brilliant book will illuminate the plays and poems, generousl providing with much loving detail and attention to the reader a far greater understanding and appreciation--and inspiring a greater love--of Shakespeare.
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shakespeare can be thrilling 13 février 2003
Par Irina Iacobescu - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have to admit that I was not such a big fan of Shakespeare, before reading Mr. Burgess book. I had only the information I got in school, where most of the things we learn are dry and not interesting at all. Well, this biography has nothing to do with it. Its full of history, literary analysis, facts about Shakespare's private life, England at that time, all written with a lot of common sense, a great and intelligent sense of humour. If you dont like Shakespeare or if you think he is not such a big deal, read this book, and I promise you, you will want to read again all his works and see them in a different light.
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fresh and Engaging 17 janvier 2004
Par Richard R - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Anthony Burgess, perhaps best known as author of "A Clockwork Orange", wrote this engaging biography of Shakespeare in 1970. As more than one critic has noted, all the Shakespeare biographies that have come out over the centuries are bound by one common thread: they all must work from the same finite set of information. Much is known about Shakespeare, but much is not known. And what is known grows no larger. We know a bit about his Stratford origins, his move to London, his life and business, and his brief retirement back home. And of course, we have Shakespeare's writings. Or as Burgess puts it, "Infuriatingly, whenever Shakespeare does something other than buy a lease or write a play, history shuts her jaws with a snap."
The challenge to a biographer is to present the material in such a way as to be informative to those who've never read a biography, interesting to those who have, and true to the set of known facts. Burgess meets the challenge and then some -- Burgess was, of course, a fine writer, and he was also an erudite scholar and a fan, though a sharp-eyed one, of his subject. Careful to qualify his guesswork, he jumps to many credible and a few incredible though amusing conclusions --for example about Shakespeare's family and home life-- that set a fertile context for the known facts. Burgess has done his homework on the royals and nobles in Britain, describing the climate change after Elizabeth's death, Southampton's eclipse and Essex's treason. He has read the contemporaries, Marlow and Jonson and Philip Sidney (who wrote of writer's block: "Thus, great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite; 'Fool,' said my Muse to me, 'look in the heart, and write.'")
The analysis of the plays is strong (particularly the flesh vs. gold themes in "Merchant", not new yet well put). And the final lines are wonderful, the Shakespeare-as-us theme written so as to leave us with a smile. Burgess was a true writer, and his biography of Shakespeare has the virtue of being fresh and witty and insightful, it stands out from the others.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Burgess at his best 4 mars 2012
Par B. J Robbins - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have the hardback edition that came out in 1970. It is what some people call a "coffee table book", but it never spends much time on MY coffee table.

Full of color portraits of the major players, some modern photos of Stratford, this is a view of Shakespeare through Burgess' Eyes...and that means a very fascinating journey, full of facts, his opinions, his wonderful writing style, humor, and intelligence.

He takes care of those who don't think Shakespeare wrote the plays within the scope of one page, as only a REAL writer could. Even his captions for the pictures are worth reading (Marlowe: "His death in 1593 left Shakespeare without equal as a dramatic poet")...His description of Henslowe is hilarious, his comparison between the genius' of Marlowe and Shakespeare very though provoking, and his portrait of Shakespeare the man and what he might have been thinking at different points in his life, e.g., after the Globe burned down, he thinks Shakespeare thought it was time to go home to Stratford as he had given so many years to that theater...

I do not like, however, his disparaging account of Ann Shakespeare, as many male authors do, despite the lack of evidence about how he felt about her, with the misunderstanding about the second best bed, even though by law, Anne would be receiving one-third of his estate, and had been staying with Susanna and her husband at New Place. Anne wanted to be buried next to him, so we at least know how she felt about him. Many women married at 26 (Shakespeare's daughter, Judith, married at an even later date), and the Hathaway's were a well off family, while John Shakespeare was in a lot of financial trouble. And we will never know who seduced who, or it was an arranged marriage (they certainly know each other for many years), or, as I like to think, they always had a liking for each other...

He mentions some passages about Shakespeare that you will rarely find anywhere, like when Shakespeare's company was performing in the country at an estate, and supposedly a letter said that "We have the man Shakespeare here"...

The final Chapter about his death after his short retirement is unforgettable. His final paragraph about that we should not mourn the fact that we do not have a satisfactory painting of Shakespeare, is Burgess at his best:

"To see his face, we need only look in a mirror. He is ourselves, ordinary suffering humanity, fired by modest ambitions, concerned with money, the victim of desire, all too mortal. To his back, like a hump, was strapped a miraculous, but somehow irrelevant, talent. It is a talent which, more than any other that the world has seen, reconcile us to being human beings, unsatisfactory hybrids, not good enough for gods and not good enough for animals. We are all Will. Shakespeare is the name of one of our redeemers."

Amen. No one has said it better.
9 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very competent biography 12 novembre 2001
Par Rob Port - Publié sur Amazon.com
Mr. Burgess knows his Shakespeare and shares his wealth of knowledge in a very fascinating way. Almost every aspect of the Bard's life is analyzed and it creates a very entertaining story.
Not much is known about William Shakespeare himself. This often forces Burgess to make educated conjectures as to what the truth may have been. When Burgess puts forth his opinion he supports it with so much fact that you almost feel that if it wasn't the way Burgess said it was, it should have been.
All-in-all, if you are a Shakespeare man and want to know what inspired and influenced him, this book is for you. Burgess knows Shakespeare like no other person.
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