Soul of the Age by Jonathan Bate

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In this illuminating, innovative biography, Jonathan Bate, one of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, has found a fascinating new way to tell the story of the great dramatist. Using the Bard’s own immortal list of a man’s seven ages in As You Like It, Bate deduces the crucial events of Shakespeare’s life and connects them to his world and work as never before.

Random House: 2009.
ISBN: 9781400062065. 496 pp.
Hardcover. Very good.