Shakespeare and his Contemporaries


The National Portrait Gallery’s series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes. Written by well known contemporary authors, they examine the lives, thoughts and relationships within each selected group through works from the Gallery’s Collection.


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Charles Nicholl


Shakespeare and his Contemporaries by Charles Nicholl William Shakespeare and his contemporaries helped create not only a new kind of theatre but also a new form of language. In an age of religious and political warfare, they found expression for what it means to be human. Yet although Shakespeare’s life is well researched, the lives of his friends are less well known. In this book, Charles Nicholl explains that Shakespeare belonged to a talented group of writers, poets and dramatists, including Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne and Sir Walter Ralegh. Illustrated throughout with portraits, engravings and printed documents, it demonstrates how Elizabethan society valued literary talent as well as how these writers saw themselves.

Additional information

Weight 324 g
Dimensions 14.3 x 19.6 cm
Publisher name National Portrait Gallery Publications
Publication date 1 December 2015
Number of pages 136
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.3 x 19.6 cm
Weight 324 g


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