David Farley-Hills argues that Shakespeare did not work in splendid isolation, but responded as any other playwright to the commercial and artistic pressures of his time. In this book he offers an interpretation of seven of Shakespeare's plays in the light of pressures exerted by his major contemporary rivals. The plays discussed are Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, All's Well That Ends Well, Othello, Measure for Measure, Timon of Athens, and King Lear.
Introduction 1.Hamlet and the eyases 2. Portraits of the Iron AgeTroilus and Cressida 3. 'The Word will bring on summer:' All's Well that Ends Well and Chapman's mythic comedy 4. Othello, a man killed with kindness 5. Royal Measures: Measure for Measure and Middleton's comedy of disillusionment 6. Anger's priviledge, Timon of Athens and King Lear.