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Who Was William Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Life and Works

Who Was William Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Life and WorksA new study of Shakespeare’s life and times, which illuminates our understanding and appreciation of his works.
Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both the life and the plays, suited to both undergraduate and popular audiences

Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnets through the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare’s life and historical environment

Addresses four of the most significant issues that shaped Shakespeare’s career:  education, religion, social status, and theatre

Examines theatre as an institution and the literary environment of early modern LondonExplains and dispatches conspiracy theories about authorship

Shakespeare, Co-Author: A Historical Study of the Five Collaborative Plays
Shakespeare, Co-Author: A Historical Study of the Five Collaborative PlaysThis major new study asks the question, "how much do we know about Shakespeare's collaborations with other dramatists?", and sets out to provide a detailed evaluation of the claims made for Shakespeare's co-authorship of Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens, Pericles, Henry VIII, and The Two Noble Kinsmen. Through an examination of the processes of collaboration and the methods used in authorship studies since the early nineteenth century, Brian Vickers identifies a coherent tradition in attribution work on Shakespeare.
John Keats (Bloom's Major Poets)

John Keats (Bloom's Major Poets)John Keats (Bloom's Major Poets)John Keats is unique among all post-Shakespearean poets in that he offers "an example of what human life at its most wise and compassionate," according to Bloom. Study his "Ode to a Grecian Urn," "The Eve of St. Agnes," and others. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. History’s greatest poets are covered in one series with expert analysis by Harold Bloom and other critics.

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Contemporary Authors: 1945 to the Present
Contemporary Authors: 1945 to the PresentContemporary literature encompasses so many genres, literary forms, and themes that it would seem almost impossible to identify a unifying thread between them. Yet in the tradition established by literary heavyweights who came before, modern writers of all stripes and backgrounds have continued to entertain and to confront the social, cultural, and psychological realities of the times—including everything from racial identity to war to technology—with their own flair and insight. The diversity of authors profiled herein—from Toni Morrison to Sylvia Plath to Stephen King to David Foster Wallace—attests to the scope and complexity of modern society.
American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s
American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850sFiercely nationalistic, the first prominent American writers exhibited a profound pride in the territory that would come to be known as the United States. Predating even the Declaration of Independence, much early American writing entailed commentary on the newly developing American society. This volume examines the literature of the country in its nascence and writers such as Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped cultivate a uniquely American voice.
Classical Authors: 500 BCE to 1100 CE
Classical Authors: 500 BCE to 1100 CESince ancient times, storytelling has been a valued art form that enables traditions, beliefs, and lessons to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Epics such as Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid and tales such as those contained in the collected The Thousand and One Nights offer modern-day readers a glimpse into various countries and cultures, as well as different eras. The individuals and works profiled in this absorbing volume have withstood the test of time, remaining culturally significant and influencing authors and readers alike for centuries.
Authors of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras: 1100 to 1660
Authors of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras: 1100 to 1660As Europe’s religious, social, economic, and cultural identity began to take more definite shape in the medieval and Renaissance eras, so too did its literary identity. By capturing in ink the spirit of these transformative periods, such literary giants as Geoffrey Chaucer, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and John Milton laid the foundations for literature, drama, and poetry today. Readers will be introduced to these and other notable figures from around the world whose works have had an equally enduring impact on the global literary canon