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The Resource Shakespeare's professional career, Peter Thomson

Shakespeare's professional career, Peter Thomson

Label
Shakespeare's professional career
Title
Shakespeare's professional career
Statement of responsibility
Peter Thomson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Shakespeare was a supremely successful accommodator. The story of his career as actor and playwright, which this book tells, shows the accommodation of his remarkable talents to the circumstances of his time: the social, political and professional life of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. It describes the development of this talent into genius. It also describes a background of theatrical rivalry, opportunism, service to noble patrons, and the sometimes involuntary involvement in political intrigue. The book begins with Stratford-upon-Avon and investigates Shakespeare's likely link with the Earls of Derby, who were probably his first theatrical patrons. It goes on to detail the theatrical conditions that prevailed when Shakespeare first embarked on his profession. Year by year Peter Thomson recreates Shakespeare's writing career, showing how the plays mirror their times. The story reveals the precarious nature of theatrical survival, the constant threat posed by the withdrawal of noble or royal patronage, the spread of disease, the anxieties of war and the uncertain climate. Peter Thomson's concern throughout is with the concrete details of the profession, setting out playhouse practices from the viewpoint of playwright, actor and audience. His discussion of the London playhouses incorporates the new evidence provided by the recent Rose and Globe excavations. The narrative is succinct but entertaining, enabling the non-expert to pick a clear path through contemporary political struggles and intrigues, the structure of Elizabethan patronage, the formation and disbanding of theatre companies and the fate of their buildings. There are numerous illustrations. Some will be familiar to students of Shakespeare, but are reproduced here in the context of his professional development; others have been gleaned from museums, libraries and great houses to illustrate the wider social context of Elizabethan and Jacobean England
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomson, Peter
Dewey number
  • 822.3/3
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2907
LC item number
.T48 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Dramatists, English
  • Literature and society
  • Authors and patrons
  • Theater
  • Actors
  • Literary patrons
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Patronage
  • Dramaturges anglais
  • Littérature et société
  • Écrivains et mécènes
  • Théâtre
  • Acteurs
  • Zeithintergrund
  • Theater
  • Drama
  • England
  • Englisch
  • Écrivains et mécènes
  • Théâtre
Label
Shakespeare's professional career, Peter Thomson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-207) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24174208
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvi, 217 pages
Isbn
9780521351287
Lccn
91027351
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1469957
  • (OCoLC)24174208
Label
Shakespeare's professional career, Peter Thomson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-207) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24174208
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvi, 217 pages
Isbn
9780521351287
Lccn
91027351
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1469957
  • (OCoLC)24174208

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