By Theodore Leinwand

ISBN-10: 022636755X

ISBN-13: 9780226367552

ISBN-10: 022652762X

ISBN-13: 9780226527628

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 exceptional highbrow and emotional encounters.

Theodore Leinwand builds impressively specific debts of those writers’ reviews via their marginalia, lectures, letters, journals, and examining notes. We study why Woolf linked studying Shakespeare together with her brother Thoby, and what Ginsberg intended whilst touching on 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 power 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 analyzing Shakespeare with our own.

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