Shakespeare in a Divided America

Shakespeare in a Divided America

Hardback (12 Mar 2020) | English

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Synopsis

From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States - and a timely reminder of Shakespeare's indelible influence.

A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

Shakespeare's position as England's national poet is established and unquestionable.

But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England's greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America's darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny, and assassination?

Investigating a selection of defining moments in American history - drilling into issues of race, miscegenation, gender, patriotism and immigration; encountering Presidents, activists, writers and actors - Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and uncovers rich and startling stories.

But perhaps most pressingly, we learn how, in Trump's America, the staging of his work has provoked threats of violence and has become a battleground for freedom of speech.

'With the lightest touch and the most formidable scholarship, James Shapiro, once again, proves himself to be an irresistible storyteller. And what an exhilarating and disturbing tale he has to tell. Here is proof that Shakespeare's power remains undiminished in our divided world.'
Simon Russell Beale

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Book information

ISBN: 9780571338887
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Pub date:
DEWEY: 822.33
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 346
Number of pages: vii, 310
Weight: 550g
Height: 162mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 33mm