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2004 National Book Award Finalist: Nonfiction
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How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

A vivid account of Shakespeare's life in Elizabethan England and how that life produced the world's greatest writer.

Author Biography

World-renowned scholar of Renaissance literature Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard and the editor of The Norton Shakespeare. Among his most noted books are Hamlet in Purgatory, Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World, and Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England.


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