Shakespeare's Freedom

Stephen Greenblatt, the peerless critic and biographer of Shakespeare, is at his most incisive in this slender collection of essays. Discussing beauty, power, hatred, and—most crucially —the artist's own special freedom, Greenblatt takes us on a journey that sheds new light on the world of Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…