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Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power
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Stephen Greenblatt
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Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power

Stephen Greenblatt


9781847925046

Bodley Head


Shakespeare studies & criticism;
Political leaders & leadership


Hardback

224 pages

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An exploration of power in the plays of William Shakespeare that sheds light on our most urgent contemporary dilemmas.

How does a truly disastrous leader - a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant - come to power?
How, and why, does a tyrant hold on to power?
And what goes on in the hidden recesses of the tyrant's soul?

For help in understanding our most urgent contemporary dilemmas, William Shakespeare has no peer.

As an ageing, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social and psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny. What he discovered in his characters remains remarkably relevant today. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues and imagined how they might be stopped.

In Tyrant, Stephen Greenblatt examines the themes of power and tyranny in some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays - from the dominating figures of Richard III, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Coriolanus to the subtle tyranny found in Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale.

Tyrant is a highly relevant exploration of Shakespeare’s work that sheds new light on the workings of power.

By:   Stephen Greenblatt
Imprint:   Bodley Head
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   362g
ISBN:   9781847925046
ISBN 10:   1847925049
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of twelve books, including The Swerve- How the World Became Modern, which won the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, as well as the New York Times bestseller Will in the World- How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and the classic university text Renaissance Self-Fashioning. He is General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of The Norton Shakespeare, and has edited seven collections of literary criticism.


TYRANT is a striking literary feat. At the outset, the book notes how Shakespeare craftily commented on his own times by telling tales of tyrants from centuries before. In an act of scholarly daring, Greenblatt then proceeds to do exactly the same thing. Rarely have these blood-soaked creatures seemed so recognizably human and so contemporary. -- John Lithgow, Emmy award-winning actor

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