Search Results: "James Shapiro"


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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by James Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Sure to be hated by Harold Bloom and others who view any attempt to locate the Bard in history as blasphemy against the religion of Pure Art, but open-minded readers will be stimulated and enriched by Shapiro's contextual approach."
An intriguing addition to Shakespeare studies, stressing his immersion in the issues of his time. Read full book review >

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CONTESTED WILL by James Shapiro
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

"A thorough, engaging work whose arguments would prove more persuasive were we not living in an era of such fierce anti-intellectualism and pervasive conspiracy theory."
The author of A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 (2005) chronicles the emergence of doubts about the playwright's identity and speculates about the assumptions and motives of the principal doubters. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF LEAR by James Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Shapiro's discoveries of long-lost sources and missed connections make this a fascinating tale. His well-written, scholarly exploration will stand as an influential work that is a joy to read."
Shakespearean scholar Shapiro (English/Columbia Univ.; Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, 2010, etc.) links the tumultuous events of 1605 and 1606 to three of the Bard's greatest works.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2000

"But beware: the book may leave you longing to see the play for yourself—and the 2000 production has been sold out for months."
A worthy successor to Shapiro's stunning 1996 volume Shakespeare and the Jews. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE AND THE JEWS by James Shapiro
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 1996

"Although not the Shakespearean study it professes to be, Shapiro's exhaustively researched work adds much to the history of anti-Semitism and to our understanding of xenophobia's role in the creation of the British psyche. (18 illustrations, not seen)"
A groundbreaking study of Elizabethan anti-Semitism that offers a shockingly long pedigree for Shakespeare's Shylock. Read full book review >

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OOKO by Esmé Shapiro
by Esmé Shapiro, illustrated by Esmé Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Playful, joyous, and hip. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ooko, a fox looking for a friend, finds one—and also makes some self-discoveries along the way. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"All the royalties go to the charity Oxfam America."
A who's who of the New Age movement, and guests, prescribes a what's what for global change—and despite the brevity of these short essays by 52 celebrities with a conscience, there's much to chew on. Read full book review >

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MAYA ANGELOU by Miles Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Oddly abbreviated chronology; further reading (mostly Angelou's books); index. (Biography. 11+)"
Closely following events the poet has described in her several autobiographical volumes (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1970, etc.), this entry in the Black Americans of Achievement series focuses on her youth and, with somewhat less detail, her early adulthood—the extraordinary range of successful careers, as cook, dancer, madam, singer, actress, poet, administrator, journalist, and professor, for none of which she trained formally (again and again, she landed a job in an untried field and carried it off with panache). Read full book review >

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THE DANGEROUS HUSBAND by Jane Shapiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Such goings-on have rarely been so outrageously, horribly funny and yet so eerily familiar: this is writing at its most nuanced and exquisite. (Author tour)"
Trading the Jersey suburbs of her acclaimed debut, After Moondog (1992), for the brownstones of Brooklyn, Shapiro outdoes herself to pull off an absorbing black comedy again featuring an excruciatingly muddled marriage. Read full book review >

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TAMING THE TELOMERES by R.N. Shapiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A quiet thriller—a little too quiet at times—that ignites in the final act."
In Shapiro's debut thriller, a teenager miraculously survives a suspicious plane crash. Read full book review >

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MY WIFE THE METAPHYSICIAN, OR LADY MURASAKI'S REVENGE by Michael Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"A multilayered love story, cloaked in a demanding writing style that masks the true nature of the plot."
A stylistically intense series of vignettes chronicle the life, love and matchless intellect of a woman who is an expert on medieval courtly literature. Read full book review >