Shakespeare And Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher And The Other Players In His Story

Shakespeare And Co Christopher Marlowe Thomas Dekker Ben Johnson Thomas Middleton John Fletcher And The Other Players In His Story Paperback Pub date May Pages Publisher Penguin Enjoyable lively such a pleasure to read renders the Drama of Shakespeare s contemporaries than fringe entertainment Independent Shakespeare
  • Title: Shakespeare And Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher And The Other Players In His Story
  • Author: Stanley Wells
  • ISBN: 9780713997736
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shakespeare And Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher And The Other Players In His Story
    Paperback Pub date 08 May 2007 Pages 304 Publisher Penguin Enjoyable lively such a pleasure to read renders the Drama of Shakespeare s contemporaries than fringe entertainment Independent Shakespeare is one of the greatest of all English figures considered a genius for all time Yet as this enthralling book shows he was at heart a man of the theatre.Paperback Pub date 08 May 2007 Pages 304 Publisher Penguin Enjoyable lively such a pleasure to read renders the Drama of Shakespeare s contemporaries than fringe entertainment Independent Shakespeare is one of the greatest of all English figures considered a genius for all time Yet as this enthralling book shows he was at heart a man of the theatre one among a community of artists in the teeming world of Renaissance London from the enigmatic spy Christopher Marlowe to the self aggrandizing Ben Jonson from the actor Richard Burbage to the illiant Thomas Middleton By inging Shakespeare s contemporaries to life Shakespeare Co throws fresh new light on the man himself.Warm cheerful generous Wells sketches a whole gallery of Shakespeare s fellow playwrights He ings each vividly to life making you feel that you ve met them personally in so
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  • Stanley Wells

    Stanley William Wells, CBE, is a Shakespeare scholar and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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  • As in a ruin we it call One thing to be blown up, or fall Or to our end like way may have By a flash of lightning, or a wave So Love s inflam d shaft or brand May kill as soon as Death s cold hand Except Love s fires the virtue have To fight the frost out of the grave Ben JonsonThe heartland is frozen this darkened morn There may be a few giggles about now in that special place in Hell This was an elusive book Wells attempts to grasp Shakespeare and his contemporaries and situate such into a tig [...]


  • This is an engaging overview of Shakespeare s relationships with his contemporaries I particularly enjoyed the chapter on how Shakespeare might have been influenced by the skills and personalities of the actors he wrote for, as well as various discussions of Shakespeare s collaborations I had no idea that Shakespeare had collaborated with other writers on Pericles, Timon of Athens, and Measure for Measure, among other works Nor did I know that the text of Macbeth as we now have it probably conta [...]


  • The monolith that is Shakespeare bestrides his narrow world like a Colossus, but the truth is that Shakespeare worked and, indeed, collaborated with a number of talented playwrights who wrote impressive plays that should be recognized Although Marlowe and Jonson s stories are fairly well known, this book excels especially when telling the lesser known stories of Dekker, Middleton, Fletcher and Beaumont, and Webster If you would like to know about those other playwrights, but especially without [...]


  • If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.As a Shakespeare dilettante, I find some of the attributions regarding collaborations slightly worrying I m not quite sure why this has been worthy of research One of the risible of evidence put forward, I forget where, was that Middleton was co author of All s Well That Ends Well incidentally Wells also professes this attribution The argument was As an example, the word ruttish appears in the play, meaning lustful and its only other [...]



  • Written in a brisk, engaging style, this book provides a useful overview of how Shakespeare fits into the theatrical scene of his day There s some very interesting content about collaboration, along with biographical accounts of his contemporaries lives, works, and writing styles.


  • Wow Wells is a very good writer and this book was engaging, fascinating, and well written I leaned about Shakespeare, about some other playwrights I knew little about, and was introduced to playwrights I had never heard of So glad I read this book



  • A good and readable book on the theatrical world in which Shakespeare operated and on major contemporaries who influenced him, collaborated with him, and or interacted with him and his plays The other playwrights treated in some depth are Marlowe, Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and Webster, with quite a lot of quotations There is little in the book that is specially original, and the account of the circumstances leading up to Marlowe s death can be questioned but Stanley Wel [...]


  • Stanley Wells knocks everyone off his pedestal in this linked collection of articles and shows us how the competitive cut and thrust of the burgeoning theater business was carried out It is a welcome summing up of some of his work over the past several decades in which he has had a very successful career as a Shakespeare scholar He has written a lot, been honored by the great and the good in the Shakespeare biz and has edited TWO collected works There is nothing terribly new here he is of the op [...]


  • This book taught me about Shakespeare than almost anything else I ve read in the last few years It answered my questions about the little eyases in Hamlet and the boy companies that were popular at the time It gave me a profoundly vivid picture of what it was like in the world of theatre at the time I loved getting a sense of the landscape of the Shakespearean theatre community Because of COURSE it was a community It was THEATRE That is what we do We run around in communities Hating each other, [...]


  • For those who might be interested in the personalities of the Elizabethan dramatic world beyond William Shakespeare, Wells book offers a nice overview Of course, the era s finest playwrights are placed in the familiar Shakespearean context, but this book serves as a series of mini biographies for those who want a quick, but thorough, overview Biographies could be and have been written about major players such as Marlowe and Jonson, so anyone seeking an in depth look at these popular figures migh [...]


  • There are some good tidbits in here that I wasn t aware of previously like the impressment of boys into theatrical service against their will The main advantages of this book, though, are the mini biographies of Marlowe, Dekker, Johnson, Middleton, and Fletcher Biographies of Shakespeare tend to touch lightly on these and other colleagues, so it s good to get a little here There s a lot on these pages about the layers of authorship within individual plays, and while the Arden and other editions [...]


  • Listen, I loved tf outta this book Big ol Shakespeare nerd since literally age 5 shout out to children s illustrated Tempest and Midsummer s , and this was still a page turner The best best BEST chapters are the ones about everybody ELSE as Mr Wells mentions numerous times, Billy Shakes was constantly referred to by contemporaries as the boring one compared to the rest of the Elizabethan writing crew, who were straight up murdering people in the streets and getting arrested every five minutes fo [...]


  • An excellent overview of the other playwrights who populated London while Shakespeare wrote Stanley Wells has a lot of praise for them, and points out that there was lots of collaboration among the playwrights Shakespeare too on occasion London had a thriving theatre business in the late Elizabethan and Jacobin eras the need for a constant flow of plays was extraordinaryd many many plays are lost This book is an important correction to the idea that only Shakespeare is worth reading


  • Truly enjoy this discussion of the active playwrights of Shakespeare s period Covers a bit of the biographies of others, and how they were borrowing plot, play structures and topics from one another Also discusses the possible collaborations between Shakespeare and other playwrights Gave me a much better sense of the theater scene from about 1590 to 1620 or so Definitely a book of details, and I enjoyed reading some passages from other writers plays.


  • An interesting read about Shakespeare and his contemporaries even though it is sometimes far too detailed when it comes to the various plays Stanley Wells, however, manages to create an atmosphere that makes Shakespeare s times move a little bit closer and the dealings of his days understandable while not even starting to discuss the author question.


  • This was a good book, though a little slow at times The author presents a montage of the other playwrights of the period, and discusses the co authorship of some of the plays of the period, known and suspected The book is very informative, and rounds out one s sense of the context in which Shakespeare worked.


  • Excellent overview of the work of The Bard s comtemporaries The Most detailed are of course Ben Jonson and Kit Marlowe a wonderful introduction to the wider context and influence of Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama the only bad point is that I wanted a little critiscism of the works of the playwrights under discussion but an excellent overview nonetheless enjoy


  • Reading this book made me miss my undergrad days I remember going over some of these playwrights in my Renaissance Revenge Drama class and loving it The books doesn t delve quite as deeply into things as one might wish but perhaps that s because one is comparing the book to a lengthy class I definitely wanted to know but loved the insights that were there.


  • This is an amazing book on the vibrant world of Elizabethan theatre Although not an entirely long read, it is a dense read There are lots of excerpts from long forgotten plays and playwrights, but it is utterly fascinating the amazing work and collaborations that occurred during this time between Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


  • I enjoyed this at the beginning when Wells stuck to describing the theatrical milieu When he started evaluating possibilities for co authorship with Shakespeare, I started skimming I didn t want to learn about Shakespeare I wanted to learn about the theater and its people during his period.


  • This book was a learning experience because Shakespeare is so center stage in the Elizabethan era that his contemporaries are often meagre footnotes This book provides them in career and social context.


  • Smart and wonderful It s so great to read about Shakespeare through the people who were his peers instead of just a dry listing of facts Wells is a talented writer and worked all of these fellows into real human beings instead of just names.


  • The style was a bit pompous, but the information great Surprisingly compelling reading I especially enjoyed the source document excerpts at the end Wish all this knowledge could have formed part of my Shakespeare courses in college.


  • A long slog The author seems to disapprove of Shakespeare s setting most of his plays in far off times and places except for the histories, of course but that is why most of Shakespeare is still moderately intelligible today, and most plays of the others are not.


  • Very enjoyable, very informative, gave me a greater understanding of the degree to which the Shakespeare canon was shaped during and after his lifetime by other writers A good job of putting the other dramatists of his time in perspective.


  • Expertly written study of both the well known and lesser known of Shakespeare s collaborators which sheds light on how shared and nurturing playwriting was during England s theatrical golden age.


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