El espejo de un hombre: Vida, obra y época de William by Stephen Greenblatt

By Stephen Greenblatt

La biografía definitiva del dramaturgo más importante de todos los tiempos.

Son muchos los que consideran a William Shakespeare el mejor escritor de todos los tiempos por su ingenio, los angeles universalidad de sus conflictos, los angeles profundidad de los personajes, los angeles revolución sin precedentes que supuso su obra... Pocos autores han marcado un antes y un después de forma tan incuestionable. Sin embargo, casi nada se sabe con certeza de su vida. Durante siglos se han sucedido especulaciones de todo tipo, sin que ninguna arrojara luz convincente sobre el gran misterio.

Stephen Greenblatt, uno de los mayores expertos en Shakespeare, propone aquí una unique hipótesis arropándose en l. a. obra misma del dramaturgo y en l. a. de sus coetáneos. De un modo comparable a l. a. manera en que Hamlet observaba l. a. efigie de su padre («Una combinación y una forma sin duda / en las que cada dios parece / haber puesto su sello / para mostrar al mundo el espejo de un hombre»), así mismo es este libro mucho más que una biografía. También es un riguroso estudio de los escritos de Shakespeare y, sobre todo, un magnífico retrato de l. a. Inglaterra isabelina.

Reseñas:
«Asombrosamente bueno. Es el libro más inteligente y sofisticado, y también el estudio más colosalmente apasionado que he leído jamás sobre los angeles vida y obra de Shakespeare.»
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

«Un libro de lectura compulsiva, unique como pocos. Greenblatt ha conducido los angeles investigación más empática posible sobre el modo en que las experiencias vitales de Shakespeare penetraron en sus obras.»
Stanley Wells

«Tan absorbente, lúcido y coherente que su llegada no es solo bienvenida sino motivo de celebración.»
Dan Cryer, Newsday

«Elocuentemente escrito, ricamente detallado y revelador desde el primero hasta el último capítulo [...]. Es inevitable que logre un lugar entre los estudios esenciales de losmejoresescritores.»
William E. Cain, Boston Sunday Globe

«Una magnífica hazaña.»
Denis Donoghue

«Una deslumbrante e ingeniosa biografía.»
Richard Lacayo, Time

«Greenblatt evoca con concisión y vívidamente el mundo isabelino.»
Mitchiko Kakutami, The big apple Times

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At being separated so far from his capital’, and routes the goods through Amsterdam, so that he may have ‘some part of his capital always under his own view and command’, rather than sending the goods directly between the cities (WN I, 454–5). To save himself from the necessity of a second loading and unloading, he ‘endeavours always to sell in the home-market as much of the goods of all those different countries as he can’, and thus converts his foreign trade into a home trade. Home is in this manner the center, if I may say so, round which the capitals of the inhabitants of every country are continually circulating, and towards which they are always tending, though by particular causes they may sometimes be driven off and repelled from it towards more distant employments.

And renders their understandings, in an extraordinary degree, both acute and comprehensive’ (WN II, 783). On the other hand, since philosophy is not labour, it produces no value and must be considered economically ‘unproductive’ along with the work of ‘churchmen’ and ‘opera-singers’ (WN I, 331). In this chapter I would like to focus on the dream of social visibility offered by Smith’s economic theory, which is the first systemic overview of the economic revolution that accompanied industrialism in Britain.

The viewpoint constructed by theory combines the sovereign’s ability to see the whole system with an understanding of the principles that drive individual self-interest. e. 35 In this case, the gap between selfish actions and the moral social order must be bridged by an appeal to our inability to know the vastness of the social order (which is not the same thing, to be sure, as an appeal to its providential order). The connection between the political and economic realms is posited, but it is not visible: no one human perspective can be imagined which can see both every individual transaction, and the whole social order.

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