Shakespeare’s England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times by R. E Pritchard
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Overview: A collection of some of the best, wittiest and most unusual excerpts from 16th- and 17th-century writing. "Shakespeare’s England" brings to life the variety, the energy and the harsh reality of England at this time.
Providing a portrait of the age, it includes extracts from a wide variety of writers, taken from books, plays, poems, letters, diaries and pamphlets by and about Shakespeare’s contemporaries. These include William Harrison and Fynes Moryson (providing descriptions of England), Nicholas Breton (on country life), Isabella Whitney and Thomas Dekker (on London life), Nashe (on struggling writers), Stubbes (with a Puritan view of Elizabethan enjoyments), Harsnet and Burton (on witches and spirits), John Donne (meditations on prayer and death), King James I (on tobacco) and Shakespeare himself.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Literary Criticism