• 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”.

  • 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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