The ways scholarship has changed since then are brilliantly apparent in james shapiros the year of lear which begins in january 1606 with shakespeare in his 40s probably present at a . Preeminent shakespeare scholar james shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in england in 1606 affected shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year king lear macbeth and antony and cleopatra in the years leading up to 1606 since the death of queen elizabeth and the arrival in england of her successor king james of scotland shakespeares great . Back in september of last year i picked up a copy of the year of lear shakespeare in 1606 by james shapiro after the rave reviews it received in the press how could i not especially since i knew the play of the title was just around the corner on this very blog the past has become present as we enter king lear this month the year of lear by james shapiro. The year of lear shakespeare in 1606 is shapiros latest and his best yet his mastery of detail and overarching themes is such that although he sticks to the facts and rarely deals in . The year of lear shakespeare in 1606 author james shapiros new book the year of lear shakespeare in 1606 considers the period when the playwright wrote three of his greatest tragedies king lear macbeth and antony and cleopatra dr shapiro is professor of english and comparative literature at columbia university and a member of the folger board of governors
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