The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare by Theodore Leinwand

By Theodore Leinwand

The nice William is the 1st ebook to discover how seven popular writers—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Virginia Woolf, Charles Olson, John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg, and Ted Hughes—wrestled with Shakespeare within the very moments after they have been examining his paintings. What emerges is a constellation of outstanding highbrow and emotional encounters.

Theodore Leinwand builds impressively precise bills of those writers’ stories via their marginalia, lectures, letters, journals, and analyzing notes. We study why Woolf linked interpreting Shakespeare together with her brother Thoby, and what Ginsberg intended while pertaining to the mouth feel of Shakespeare’s verse. From Hughes’s makes an attempt to discover a “skeleton key” to all of Shakespeare’s performs to Berryman’s tormented efforts to edit King Lear, Leinwand finds the palpable strength and conviction with which those seven writers engaged with Shakespeare, their moments of utter self-confidence and profound vexation. In uncovering those excessive private and non-private reactions, The nice William connects significant writers’ hitherto unremarked scenes of studying Shakespeare with our own.

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