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Storia della letteratura inglese. Vol. II. Shakespeare

Storia della letteratura inglese is a comprehensive, eight – volume survey of English literature from the Middle Ages to the early twenty – first century. This reference work provides insightful and often revisionary readings of core texts in the English literary canon. Richly informative analyses are framed by the biographical, historical and intellectual context for each author. This Shakespeare volume offers a general assessment of all of Shakespeare’s works, summarizes the critical reception since its onset, traces a biography of the playwright, discusses the youthful poems and the sonnets, and analyses the plays one by one. The plays are divided into the traditional thematic and chronological subsets – such as historical dramas, comedies, tragedies and romances – but they are further assessed in terms of their ‘experimental’ or ‘mature’ characteristics.

Franco Marucci is a former professor of English at the University of Venice ‘Ca’ Foscari’. His publications include books on Dylan Thomas (Ravenna 1976), Hopkins (Pisa 1977, Florence-Messina 1981, Washington 1994), and Joyce  (Rome 2013). He is also the author of History of English Literature (Oxford 2018-2019),  of Authors in Dialogue: Comparative Essays in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century English Literature (Oxford 2020) and of Letteratura inglese. Un profilo storico (Rome 2020).