Shakespeare and Co. : Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story Paperback
'Enjoyable, lively ... such a pleasure to read ... renders the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries more 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 brilliant Thomas Middleton.
By bringing 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 brings each vividly to life, making you feel that you've met them personally in some Blackfriars tavern' Simon Callow `It was a time and place teeming with excitement, anecdote and incident, and Wells, in this richly enjoyable work, brings it to life with a novelist's sense of the telling detail' Dominic Dromgoole `Enthralling' Observer`This is one of the most sane and exciting books on Shakespeare I have read for a long time' Scotland on Sunday
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/08/2007
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780141017136