Stephen Greenblatt

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

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The John Adams Institute hosted writer Stephen Greenblatt, who spoke on his biography on William Shakespeare, titled Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare. For his biography, Greenblatt did extensive research on Shakespeare’s life concerning religion, London, ghosts, rural life, alcoholism, his marriage and his fellow writers. The Elizabethan era seems to come to life, …

The John Adams Institute hosted writer Stephen Greenblatt, who spoke on his biography on William Shakespeare, titled Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare. For his biography, Greenblatt did extensive research on Shakespeare’s life concerning religion, London, ghosts, rural life, alcoholism, his marriage and his fellow writers. The Elizabethan era seems to come to life, and the reader is transported to a different time. Greenblatt manages to write a biography about a man who left no personal letters or memoirs, only 37 plays and 154 sonnets.

The evening was moderated by David Rijsen, and included Q&A with the audience.

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