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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics (Hardcover)

| W W Norton & Co Inc | 5/8/2018

ISBN-10 : 0393635759   ISBN-13 : 9780393635751   List Price : $21.95

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As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, atalented playwright probed the social and psychologicalroots and the twisted consequences of tyranny. Inmaking pointed use of historical figures from Henry VI toRichard III and painting his unforgettable portraits of failingleaders?a mad Lear, a treacherous Macbeth, a vengefulCoriolanus?William Shakespeare delved into the lust forabsolute power and the darkest aspects of its execution.Cherished institutions seem fragile, political classes arein disarray, economic misery fuels populist anger, peopleknowingly accept being lied to, partisan rancor dominates,spectacular indecency rules?these aspects of the humancondition fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of hismost memorable plays. With uncanny insight, he shonea spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchablenarcissistic appetites of demagogues and imaginedhow they might be stopped. By violence, with even more destructiveoutcomes? Or through the patient work ofgrubby politics? On all of these subjects, Shakespeare’swork speaks to us today.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0393635759
  • ISBN-13: 9780393635751
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 208
  • Dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.00 (d)