The true story of how the First Folio creators made ‘Shakespeare’ The true story of how the First Folio creators made ‘Shakespeare’ The year 2023 marks the 400th anniversary of Mr William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, known today simply as the First Folio. It is difficult to imagine a world without The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth, but these are just some of the plays that were only preserved thanks to the astounding labour of love that went into creating the first collection. Shakespeare’s Book: The Intertwined Lives Behind the First Folio charts, for the first time, the manufacture of the First Folio against a turbulent backdrop of seismic political events and international tensions that intersected with the lives of its creators. Shakespeare scholar Dr Chris Laoutaris uncovers the friendships, bonds, social ties and professional networks that facilitated the production of Shakespeare ’ s book, as well as the personal challenges, tragedies and dangers that threatened its completion. And he considers how Shakespeare himself, before his death, may have influenced the ways in which his own public identity would come to be enshrined in the First Folio, shaping the transmission of his legacy to future generations and determining how the world would remember him ‘not of an age, but for all time’. PRAISE FOR SHAKESPEARE’S BOOK ‘A lively picture of multiple operators scrambling to steal a march on the competition . . . Lavishly detailed’FT 'Meticulously researched and compellingly conveyed . . . manages to be edifying and entertaining in equal measure’ Malcolm Forbes, Wall Street Journal ‘Exquisite . . . The extensive, impeccable research has shed new light on a dazzling cast of characters and events drawn from the theatrical, social and political world of Jacobean England, as well as bringing the playwright himself vividly to life. Beautifully written and utterly compelling, this book comprises all the drama, intrigue and surprises of a Shakespeare play. A stunning achievement’ Tracy Borman '[A] significant offering… his mission is admirable: to trace every major step in the collective enterprise, starting from the death of the leading Shakespearean actor Richard Burbage in 1619, which served as a melancholy spur… to collate the Bard's works for posterity… [T]he necessary drama is there…' Daily Telegraph ‘Laoutaris’s history of the interlinked careers behind the Folio scheme, bring that network to life . . . His resourceful sleuthing ties the Folio’s birth to the politics of its time’ Economist 'Like Shakespeare's plays, Laoutaris's book revolves around detailed interpersonal relationships. From his pages you will learn about the lives of Heminges and Condell… and many others… trestfy[ing] to the thoroughness of the author's research’ Washington Post 'A must read for anyone with even a slight passing fancy for Shakespeare . . . To say this is a book to be read and reread, and have a place on the library shelf, would be a major understatement’ Judith Reveal, New York Journal of Books ‘Brilliant … thrilling … offers wonderful vignettes of Shakespeare’s world and tantalising solutions to long-standing mysteries’ The Tablet Dr Chris Laoutaris is a biographer, historian, poet,Shakespeare scholar and Associate Professor at TheShakespeare Institute. He is the author of numerous academic publications and hismost recent commercial book, Shakespeare and theCountess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe (Penguin),was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize for Biography,was Observer Book of the Year, Telegraph Book of theYear, one of the New York Post’s ‘Must-Read Books’, andone of the Daily Telegraph’s top ten history holiday reads. Laoutaris is the recipient of the Morley Medal in English and the Ker Memorial Prize in English. He has reviewed for many academic publishers and journals; has written for the Financial Times, Sunday Express, Times Higher Education Supplement, and BBC History Magazine, among others; and has provided historical and Shakespearean consultancy to the Royal Shakespeare Company and numerous film and documentary production companies. • PUBLISHED FOR THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOLIO’S FIRST PUBLICATION. • THE FIRST FULL COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHY of the personalities behind the First Folio set against the dramatic political and cross-national contexts which shaped their lives and the creation of Shakespeare’s book • MAJOR REVELATIONS about the making of the first folio including how Shakespeare himself may have influenced the ways in which the First Folio enshrined his public identity. Competition: Devil Land;Storyland;Shakespeare’s Wife;The Five;Super-Infinite;Square Haunting;Portable Magic;The House of Dudley;Lion;Mad About. Jonathan Bate;Clare Jackson;Bill Bryson;Peter Ackroyd;Hallie Rubenhold;Katherine Rundell;Francesca Wade;Emma Smith;Joanne Paul;Christopher de Bellaigue;Anna Keayl
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