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As for WSAF, CWWS, and WSCI, the turning point is just where we would expect it to be from the chronological printing of the plays and poems in the Oxford second edition: in 1599.
The year 1599 witnessed the crushing of the Irish rebellion, the launching of the East India Company, the weathering of another Armada threat, and the transfer of the Lord Chamberlain's Men from their hired quarters at the Curtain to the new Globe Theater they had erected on the Bankside, as well as the year in which WSAF wrote or saw produced Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet.
* the degree to which evidence is culled from WSAF's plays and poems, as opposed to other documents
Kermode, with his insistent focus on political and social history, is probably the most contextual of the nine authors; Bevington, the freest in extrapolating biography from WSAF's fictions.
He proceeds to make suggestive connections with painted cloths in WSAF's scripts: Macbeth's reference to the "Eye of Child-hood that feares a painted Deuill" and Falstaff's reference to "Lazarus in the painted cloth"--which put me in mind of Lucrece's use of the Fall of Troy, painted on a wall or on a cloth, to make sense of her misfortune.
In his attempt to "discover" the actual person who wrote the most important imaginative literature of the past thousand years Greenblatt cultivates a double consciousness not unlike that possessed by WSAF. "Since the actual person is a matter of well-documented public record," Greenblatt says, Will in the World "aims to read the shadowy paths that lead from the life he lived into the literature he created" (12).
The trick in achieving this subjectivity effect is deftly to fuse THWS with CWWS without directly appealing to WSAF, all the while casting WSCI as more a magician with words than a recorder of historical events.
One might have supposed that these nine books, commercial products designed for "general readers," would have little to say about the politics of THWS, WSAF, CWWS, or even WSCI.
Wood's most interesting gambit is to read Henry VIII as an attempt, late in WSAF's career, to bridge the Catholic-Protestant divide.