6. Becoming Shakespeare: Jack Lynch

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6. Becoming Shakespeare: Jack Lynch

Post  Patguy on Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:41 pm

“As Shakespeare’s stature grew, he came to embody everything Britain admired about itself…. Shakespeare stood for Britishness itself. Many of the adaptations of his plays therefore stressed Britain’s superiority to the rest of the world, especially the French.”

The subtitle is: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard. This is an interesting survey of Shakespeare’s posthumous reputation, tracing his evolution from popular hack playwright to Bard. Along the way we learn about various actors, editors, critics, impresarios and forgers that have contributed to the elevation of his reputation, or profited by it. This is an engaging popular history, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the man, of in the vagaries of literary reputation in general.

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