About this book
More than just a biography of William Shakespeare, this is book which brings the Elizabethan era alive in all its rich detail. Bate is an acknowledged expert on Shakespeare and he brings together everything there is to know about the man and his work, so that the reader can feel closer to understanding what "being" Shakespeare was actually like.
How did plague turn Shakespeare from a jobbing hack into a courtly poet? How did Bottom's dream rewrite the Bible? How did Shakespeare's plays lead to the deaths of an earl and a king? And why was he the one dramatist of his generation never to be imprisoned? This book helps you to understand what being Shakespeare was actually like.