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1606: Shakespeare & the Year of Lear


By James Shapiro


Following on from 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1606 is an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare's most inspired periods.

It's a fraught year for England: the plague returns, the king's desire to bring Scotland and England together in a united Britain is resisted, and fear and uncertainty sweep the land after the failed terrorist attack that came to be kown as the Gunpowder Plot.

In 1606 James Sharpiro immerse the reader in Shakespeare's England, and shows how the tumultuous events of that year touched the playwright's own life, and helped shape some of his most celebrated work.



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