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Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power Paperback – 4 Jun 2019

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"In this brilliant, beautifully organized, exceedingly readable study of Shakespeare’s tyrants and their tyrannies―their dreadful narcissistic follies, their usurpations and their craziness and their cruelties, their arrogant incompetence, their paranoid viciousness, their falsehoods and their flattery hunger―Stephen Greenblatt manages to elucidate obliquely our own desperate (in Shakespeare’s words) “general woe”." (PHILIP ROTH)

"Brilliant, timely" (MARGARET ATWOOD, on Twitter)

"A scintillating book, uncannily illuminating about current politics, as perceptive about the victims of tyranny as it is about the tyrants themselves." (Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatre)

"Brisk and highly readable" (Jonathan Bate New Statesman)

"Brilliant" (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times)

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An exploration of power in the plays of William Shakespeare that sheds light on our most urgent contemporary dilemmas.

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Thomas H Kloecker
5.0 out of 5 starsThe content is excellent, which is the same in both
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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent read. For your information
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Examination of Shakespeare's Tyrants
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5.0 out of 5 starsThe most enjoyable way to learn about tyranny
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5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant look at two worlds on the same path.
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