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by Frank Kermode


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He was the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University.

In The Age of Shakespeare, Frank Kermode uses the history and culture of the Elizabethan era to enlighten us about William Shakespeare and his poetry and plays. Then Kermode focuses on Shakespeare himself and his career, all in the context of the time in which he lived. Kermode reads each play against the backdrop of its probable year of composition, providing new historical insights into Shakspeare's characters, themes, and sources. The result is an important, lasting, and concise companion guide to the works of Shakespeare by one of our most eminent literary scholars.

The Age of Shakespeare book. In The Age of Shakespeare, Frank Kermode uses the history and culture of the Elizabethan era to enlighten us about William Shakespeare and his poetry and plays.

Then Kermode focuses on Shakespeare himself and his career, all in the context of the time in which he lived. Kermode reads each play against the backdrop of its probable year of composition, providing new historical insights into Shakspeare’s characters, themes, and sources. Random House Publishing Group, 3 февр.

Frank Kermode's crisp and typically erudite The Age of Shakespeare suffers from a curious omission, says Jane Stevenson

Frank Kermode's crisp and typically erudite The Age of Shakespeare suffers from a curious omission, says Jane Stevenson. The memoir which Kermode unexpectedly published eight years ago, Not Entitled, encapsulates much of his attitude to the proper business of literature, even though he was writing about himself. Instead, having explained where he comes from socially and geographically, he focuses on his interior life.

In The Age of Shakespeare, Frank Kermode uses the history and culture of the Elizabethan era to enlighten us about William Shakespeare and his poetry and plays

Professor Frank Kermode.

Professor Frank Kermode. Then Kermode focuses on Shakespeare himself and his career,.

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Brightcaster
I remember once reading an essay by literary theorist Wolfgang Iser wherein he claimed he never really concerned himself with his "audience"; rather he just wrote things that were interesting to himself and hoped that others would be interested as well.

I had the feeling that this book was written with the same mindset. That is, it comes across like a very learned professor's off-the-cuff seminar talks aimed at a mixed group of grad students rather than as an entree to Shakespeare's milieu for, say, the educated adult reader or theatergoer. So many names and allusions are dropped so quickly that it's clear that one needs already to know a good bit about Shakespeare and his age (as well as some things about the history of Shakespeare criticism) to understand this book.

The late Frank Kermode had, of course, magisterial knowledge of and magnificent thoughts about Shakespeare and his age (see his book on "Shakespeare's Language"), and it seems this compact book was written out of that very rich vein without considering what a reader of a "Modern Library Chronicle" might wish from it. This is hardly a book for those beginning the study of Shakespeare (for instance, undergraduates or casual theatergoers).

Still, I enjoyed reading the book and learned from it. It is at its best when discussing specific plays; his considerations of changing acting styles and the language of specific passages are splendid. The discussion of Elizabethan and Jacobean history were, to me, too compressed: too much introduced too quickly for one without a strong background in early modern English history (since I studied it in grad school, I had not problem with this -- I'm just imagining what a modern American undergrad who has perhaps read three plays in high school would make of this text). But of course Kermode worked in an environment where that knowledge could be assumed, so perhaps that affected his approach to the book.

As always, Kermode's clear, strong and engaging prose style keeps things moving; this was in the end a fairly quick read. For the several new thoughts about some of the plays I had never considered, I'm glad I read this.
Delan
A succinct and illustrative of Shakespeare by a respected British historian. This book gives a clear outline of the Elizabethan England, as well as the plays of one of the best playwrights in history. Without prior knowledge, I found this book easy to follow. Yet it is better to have some basic understanding before starting this book.
Conjulhala
The Modern Library Chronicles series has distinguished itself with stand alone historical perspectives written by experts who have a gift for clarity. What could be so many volumes of Cliffs Notes for significant historical passages or eras are instead a variety of deft studies rendered in strong, attractive voices matched. The latest edition, Sir Frank Kermode's THE AGE OF SHAKESPEARE, raises the bar even higher. It is nothing short of marvelous.
Shakespeare means a variety of things to different people. Kermode manages to gather up all the threads, looking at the impact of the man on his age and the age, commonly known as the Elizabethan Age, on the man. It was a time of remarkable cultural strides. Against the backdrop of the Reformation and the rise of Protestantism, dramatic arts moved from morality plays and oratory to the magnificent Shakespearean canon, from stagings that were out of trunks, to theaters that sat 2,000 - 3,000. Theater wasn't just art, it became a thriving commerce. Kermode moves through time, looking at Shakespeare's poetry, then his plays as they reflected the Elizabethan zeitgeist (and we think of them as being so universal!). He looks at the community of poets and playwrights who were not exactly comradely drinking pals, in fact sometimes they would argue to the point of murder, but who did find a way to work together. He provides readings of the plays and their sources, as well as an overview of critical readings in the 4 centuries since their debut. He sorts out what matters and does so in graceful prose, under 200 pages. When I reached the last page, I did something I have not done with a book in a long, long time: I turned back to the first page and began anew.
It's that good.
Gozragore
This little book is delightful. It is scholarly, well researched, and charming. The chapters almost stand alone, and yet they make a whole.

It gave me an awareness of the time in which Shakespeare lived that I could not have gained from a history book. It has contributed to a greater awareness of the factors that influenced this genius and made him more understandable to me.

When we visited Stratford-On-Avon, I came away with no sense of the man, Shakespeare. I am on the road to a greater understanding of him, as a result of this little volume.

Thank you for making it so easily available to me.
Ohatollia
A classic about Shakespeare
Seevinev
I have read many many books about Shakespeare and his time, and his plays. This is one of the
clearest, simplest and most concise. Fast read, and thorough....What you'd expect from F. Kermode
The Age of Shakespeare download epub
Europe
Author: Frank Kermode
ISBN: 029784881X
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Pub Co; Later prt. edition (June 2004)
Pages: 210 pages