Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

I’m going to have to check out this book! Good thing I was planning a Barnes & Noble Run Tonight

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The great Jorge Luis Borges once said, “Magnification to the point of nothingness comes about or tends to come about in all cults.” And he goes on to say, “We see it, unequivocally, in the case of Shakespeare.”

Ben Jonson said that he loved William Shakespeare “on this side of Idolatry,” and over time the reverence for the man took on God-like proportions. Victor Hugo compared him to the ocean, the seedbed of all possible forms (!) and some have pointed out that Shakespeare uses more unique words than the King James Version of The Bible. Conclusion: Shakespeare has a better vocabulary than God does.

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt, famous for being one of the founders of the literary theory known as New Historicism, has spent a great deal of his life studying the Bard, and Will in the World is his ambitious and well researched love letter to Shakespeare…

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