Shakespeare the Man

By A.L. Rowse,

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A leading historian probes into Shakespeare's background and creative genius in an attempt to create a portrait of the Elizabethan

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1 author picked Shakespeare the Man as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Shakespeare the Man is not the best book out there on William Shakespeare. There are many others that are better researched and less opinionated. However, Rowse gave me the best impression of what Shakespeare has meant to centuries of dramatists and researchers. It was recommended to me by the late Dr. John M. Bell of NYU, who was the most knowledgeable man on Shakespeare I've ever known. I see why he recommended this. It's a short but thorough read, and very enjoyable. Just don't treat Rowse's every word as gospel. His book is about Shakespeare, the man and myth.

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