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Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599
Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 | James Shapiro
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1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and EnglandShakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history."
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Here are my picks from the current Audible sale. Got all these beauties for quite cheap.

Anybody else taking advantage of the sale?

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rabbitprincess
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An interesting way to write about Shakespeare's life. I particularly enjoyed reading about how Elizabethan audiences would have reacted to the plays and just what Shakespeare was doing that made these plays groundbreaking. Now to re-read Julius Caesar and read As You Like It!

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TheKidUpstairs
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Happy #ManicMonday, brought to you by the lovely @JoScho and the #letterF

Book: 1599 (a bit of a cheat, sorry!), Fingersmith, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.Basil E Frankweiler
Author: Jasper Fforde
Movie: Funny Face is my all time favourite! TV: Firefly
Food: French fries and fudgesicles

Amandajoy I love Funny Face! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Amandajoy yes! It's soooo good. Astaire's Matador dance is one of my faves. Although, it's hard to believe anyone would NOT think Audrey Hepburn is gorgeous, even in a shapeless sack dress! 1y
JoScho Thanks for playing 💕 1y
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rabbitprincess
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Took this out to put in the on-deck pile and found a bookmark from Richard Booth's bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, which is where I bought this 😊

LauraBrook ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
rabbitprincess @LauraBrook Good memories 😊📚💸😁 1y
LauraBrook @rabbitprincess Yes, I bet! I have dreams of going there some day. The book sounds good too! 1y
rabbitprincess @LauraBrook Yes, you have to go someday! It's a lovely town 😊 I am looking forward to this book! 1y
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Twocougs
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I ❤️ UK 🇬🇧 book mail😍
#happyreading

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Tex2Flo
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“On the average, it is likely hat over a third of London‘s adult population saw a play a month.”

Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights were kept very busy.

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Tjackson
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I ❤️❤️❤️ the idea of Wunderkammer or wonder-cabinets. It should like Whitehall Palace in Shakespeare‘s day had many fascinating curiosities that potentially inspired him. #myyearwithwill

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Tjackson
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Trying to squeeze in a little Will before I head to work!!! I would prefer to stay home and read all day!

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Tjackson
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Fun fact! Since 2014, my goal has been to see 12 theater productions a year! Most years I see more than 12 productions. Living in London in the late 1500s had it‘s challenges (the plague), but 1/3 still managed to see the importance of needing entertainment.

HeatherBookNerd Fellow theatre geek here. What were some of your favorite shows? 2y
Tjackson @HeatherBookNerd I ❤️ wicked, Beautiful (Carole King story), Once (Glen Hansard is one of my favorite Irish singers) and I am sure I will ❤️ Hamilton in May when I see it in NYC. You? 2y
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Tjackson
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Planning to delve deep into another book about Shakespeare for #myyearwithwill jjourney. This will be my fourth book about his life and works. Stay turned for fascinating nuggets of information about him.

smilingshelves I just saw this book on my shelf a few minutes ago and wondered if you were aware of it. Glad you are and hope you enjoy it! It's really good! 2y
Tjackson @smilingshelves thank you for thinking of me. So far, so good. 2y
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Tex2Flo
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Instead of my usual alphabetical search, I searched by oldest on my TBR list and found some good stuff. A very happy start to my new year.

KarenUK Nice! 👍 2y
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Clouvincent
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A truly unique biography. Utterly readable and novel-sequel in style.