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This is Shakespeare How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright

Author: Emma Smith

Publisher: Pelican Book, 2020

 

Reviewed by Nur Aini Nurja.

A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery. Who wrote like an angel, putting it all so much better than anyone else.

I like this book very much. It explains accessibly, with learning lightly worn, why Shakespeare retains such a hold in our culture. Smith has done an exemplary job of restoring the greatest of English writers to his own time, and explaining why he then speaks to ours. An invigorating examination of the pre-eminence of the most revered figure of English letters.

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