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The Man Shakespeare   By: (1855-1931)

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Frank Harris's "The Man Shakespeare" is an insightful and comprehensive exploration of the life and works of one of history's greatest playwrights. Harris skillfully weaves together historical facts, literary analysis, and personal anecdotes to present a vivid portrait of William Shakespeare and the world he lived in.

One of the book's most noticeable strengths is Harris's deep understanding of Shakespeare's plays. He expertly dissects each play, delving into the themes, characters, and language that make them timeless classics. Through this analysis, Harris reveals the universality of Shakespeare's stories, as he explores how they continue to resonate with modern audiences.

Moreover, Harris does not shy away from examining the controversies surrounding Shakespeare's life. He meticulously probes the uncertainties surrounding the authorship question, providing a balanced perspective and addressing the various theories put forth by scholars. This adds another layer of intrigue to the book, making it a captivating read for both Shakespeare enthusiasts and those new to his works.

Harris also paints a vivid picture of Shakespeare's Elizabethan England, capturing the political, cultural, and social landscapes of the time. Through his detailed descriptions, we are transported back to the vibrant theater scene of London, immersing ourselves in the excitement and challenges faced by actors and playwrights of that era.

Furthermore, Harris delves into Shakespeare's personal life, acquainting readers with the man behind the iconic plays. He explores Shakespeare's early life, his marriage, and his relationships with fellow actors and writers. By providing glimpses into the man's character and motivations, Harris humanizes Shakespeare and makes his works even more relatable.

While "The Man Shakespeare" is undoubtedly informative and well-researched, some readers might find the book's meticulous examination of certain aspects tedious. Harris's attention to detail, though commendable, occasionally slows down the pacing and may overwhelm those seeking a more casual read.

Overall, Frank Harris's "The Man Shakespeare" is a must-read for anyone interested in delving deeper into the life and works of the Bard. Harris's passion for Shakespeare shines through, turning this biography into a compelling narrative that enlightens, engages, and educates. Whether a scholar, a theater enthusiast, or simply someone curious about the man behind the plays, this book offers a rich and illuminating exploration of Shakespeare's enduring brilliance.

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THE MAN SHAKESPEARE

AND

HIS TRAGIC LIFE STORY

BY

FRANK HARRIS

I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO MY FRIEND, ERNEST BECKETT (NOW LORD GRIMTHORPE), A MAN OF MOST EXCELLENT DIFFERENCES, WHO UNITES TO A GENIUS FOR PRACTICAL THINGS A PASSIONATE SYMPATHY FOR ALL HIGH ENDEAVOUR IN LITERATURE AND ART

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

BOOK I SHAKESPEARE PAINTED BY HIMSELF

CHAPTER I. Hamlet: Romeo Jaques II. Hamlet Macbeth III. Duke Vincentio Posthumus IV. Shakespeare's Men of Action: the Bastard, Arthur, and King Richard II V. Shakespeare's Men of Action (continued): Hotspur, Prince Henry, and Henry V VI. Shakespeare's Men of Action (concluded): King Henry VI. and Richard III VII. Shakespeare as Lyric Poet: "Twelfth Night" VIII. Shakespeare's Humour: "Falstaff"

BOOK II

I. Shakespeare's early attempts to portray himself and his wife: Biron, Adriana, Valentine II. Shakespeare as Antonio the Merchant III. Shakespeare's Love story: the Sonnets: Part I IV. Shakespeare's Love story: the Sonnets: Part II V. Shakespeare's Love story: the Sonnets: Part III VI. The First fruit of the Tree of Knowledge: Brutus VII. Dramas of Revenge and Jealousy: Hamlet VIII. Dramas of Revenge and Jealousy: Othello IX. Dramas of Lust: Part I: Troilus and Cressida X... Continue reading book >>




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