David M. Bergeron
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in Shakespeare’s London 1613
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Publication of plays and theatre performances in 1613 underscore the growing cultural power of London's theatrical landscape, from which William Shakespeare was beginning to exit, but leaving behind an exceptionally rich heritage. London's industrious printers produced an avalanche of books in 1613, containing a stunning range of materials, from sermons to books on husbandry, music, poetry, and drama. These books link the public and private spheres of England's culture, as they bridge the distance between Whitehall and the City of London. Courtier and worker could jostle side by side at London's book stalls whose wares complement and sometimes complete the cultural process. The cultural excitement of a royal wedding and an aristocratic one, the cultural investment in a royal funeral, the resonance and solace of unparalleled drama performances and publication, the unstinting productivity of writers and printers all combined to make 1613 an exceptionally important year.

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