Shakespeare and the Poets' War

By: Bednarz, James

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0231122438 Very good condition. Light shelf wear to covers/corners. Photo is of actual item. Trade paperback binding. Association copy: This book is from the collection of Elizabeth Story Donno and Daniel J. Donno. Elizabeth Donno was an esteemed Renaissance scholar and alumna of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, class of 1944. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Whitman in 1979. In the summer of 2009 her collection was donated to the Penrose Memorial Library at Whitman and we are slowly making it available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of Donno's library benefit the Penrose Memorial Library, the local Walla Walla economy, and Earthlight Books, across the street from Whitman. If you are interested in more of her library please contact us directly. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.


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In a remarkable piece of detective work, Shakespeare scholar James Bednarz traces the Bard's legendary wit-combats with Ben Jonson to their source during the Poets' War. Bednarz offers the most thorough reevaluation of this "War of the Theaters" since Harbage's "Shakespeare and the Rival Traditions, " revealing a new vision of Shakespeare as a playwright intimately concerned with the production of his plays, the opinions of his rivals, and the impact his works had on their original audiences. Rather than viewing Shakespeare as an anonymous creator, "Shakespeare and the Poets' War" re-creates the contentious entertainment industry that fostered his genius when he first began to write at the Globe in 1599.

Bednarz redraws the Poets' War as a debate on the social function of drama and the status of the dramatist that involved not only Shakespeare and Jonson but also the lesser known John Marston and Thomas Dekker. He shows how this controversy, triggered by Jonson's bold new dramatic experiments, directly influenced the writing of "As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, " and "Hamlet, " gave rise to the first modern drama criticism in English, and shaped the way we still perceive Shakespeare today.

Title: Shakespeare and the Poets' War

Author Name: Bednarz, James

Categories: Shakespeare,

Publisher: Columbia University Press: 2001

ISBN Number: 0231122438

ISBN Number 13: 9780231122436

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: SKU1045153