- The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard
- Narrated by: James Adams
- Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 16-03-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Fifty years after the Restoration scholars began taking him seriously. Fifty years after that he was considered England's greatest genius. And by 1800 he was practically divine. Jack Lynch vividly chronicles Shakespeare's afterlife from the revival of his plays to the decades when his work was co-opted and improved by politicians and other playwrights, and culminating with the Bardolatry of the Stratford celebration of Shakespeare's 300th birthday in 1864. Becoming Shakespeare is not only essential reading for anyone intrigued by Shakespeare, but it also offers a consideration of the vagaries of fame.
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By Carole T. on 08-06-12
I'm not sure what I expected from this work, but I am an enthusiastic fan of nearly all things Shakespeare, so I thought I'd try it. It isn't a bad listen, but it's not really much about Shakespeare. The narrator is wonderful, and there are some interesting bits about various actors through the centuries and how different audiences relate to the Bard. Generally, though, I could take or leave this one. There are many more interesting books about Shakespeare and his life and times. If you want something introductory, for example, try a short biography by Bill Bryson.
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By Doc S. Hodges on 09-05-11
An entertaining look at the making of a legend
You don't need to know the plays and sonnets to enjoy this unusual book. There was little said about Shakespeare for several years after his death. Had his friends not published the first folio of his works seven years after his death, Shakespeare might still be little known. Becoming Shakespeare explains how the son of a glove maker became a superstar and the most loved author in English literature.
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