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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (79 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Kermode Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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Britain’s most esteemed scholar of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, Frank Kermode is also a noted author and professor. In this Modern Library Chronicle, he uses the context of the Elizabethan Era to link each of Shakespeare’s plays to their probable years of creation. By portraying the bard’s England in terms of its society, economy, and arts, Kermode provides an invaluable guide to understanding Shakespeare’s works. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Words have always been Kermode’s main concern, and his facility with them has established him at the forefront of English literary criticism in the course of the past half-century.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Academics and common readers alike have much to learn from Kermode’s illuminating and delectable study.”  Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate
  • “A rich, compact survey of compact survey of Shakespeare’s life and times.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Kermode’s vast store of knowledge, his strong engagement with the subject, and his down-to-earth common sense make The Age of Shakespeare a sound and helpful guide, filled with many surprising illuminations.” 

    New York Sun

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian | 2/2/2013

    " Learned a few things, took a few naps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linden | 1/11/2013

    " An interesting peek into the world of Elizabethan England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica | 3/23/2012

    " Very interested "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Weidinger | 2/20/2012

    " 36 plays a year, history and influence of Catholic Church and that of England, perhaps an example that the talent of all rises with one as Shakespeare. "

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