Shakespeare and Co. : Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story Paperback
'Enjoyable, lively ...such a pleasure to read ...renders the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries more than fringe entertainment' Independent Shakespeare is one of the greatest of all English figures, considered a genius for all time.
Yet as this enthralling book shows, he was at heart a man of the theatre, one among a community of artists in the teeming world of Renaissance London - from the enigmatic spy Christopher Marlowe to the self-aggrandizing Ben Jonson, from the actor Richard Burbage to the brilliant Thomas Middleton.
By bringing Shakespeare's contemporaries to life, Shakespeare & Co throws fresh new light on the man himself. 'Warm, cheerful, generous ...Wells sketches a whole gallery of Shakespeare's fellow playwrights ...He brings each vividly to life, making you feel that you've met them personally in some Blackfriars tavern' Simon Callow 'It was a time and place teeming with excitement, anecdote and incident, and Wells, in this richly enjoyable work, brings it to life with a novelist's sense of the telling detail' Dominic Dromgoole 'Enthralling' Observer 'This is one of the most sane and exciting books on Shakespeare I have read for a long time' Scotland on Sunday
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/08/2007
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780141017136
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Review by riverwillow
A fascinating and engaging book about Shakespeare's contemporaries. The insight into the artistic world of Renaissance London is wonderful and really gives a sense of the artistic melting pot and the spirit of collaboration which helped create some of the greatest plays and poems in the English language. This is an accessible read, peppered with anecdotes and insights into each individual writer's work and how each writer reflected or influenced Shakespeare. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Shakespeare and actors, and how Shakespeare, and the other writers, created particular roles for certain actors. Wonderful.