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Shakespeare Unbound: Decoding a Hidden Life (John MacRae Books)

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At last--a key that unlocks the secrets of Shakespeare's life
 
Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son--these are among the mysteries of Shakespeare's rich and turbulent life that have proven tantalizingly obscure.

Despite an avalanche of recent scholarship, René Weis, an acknowledged authority on the Elizabethan period, believes the links between the bard's life and the poems and plays have been largely ignored. Armed with a wealth of new archival research and his own highly regarded interpretations of the literature, the author finds provocative parallels between Shakespeare's early experiences in the bustling market town of Stratford--including a dangerous poaching incident and contacts with underground Catholics--and the plays.

Breaking with tradition, Weis reveals that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeare's personal life, at home in Stratford and in the shadowy precincts of theatrical London--details of a code unbroken for four hundred years.

Synopsis:

Breaking with tradition, Weis reveals that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeares personal life, at home in Stratford, and in the shadowy precincts of theatrical London--details of a code unbroken for 400 years.

Synopsis:

“Weis does forge striking linkages between the work and life . . . Thanks to [his] insights . . . Shakespeare’s serenely beautiful lines do buzz with a new life.”—The Washington Post

Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son—these are among the mysteries of Shakespeare’s rich and turbulent life that have proven tantalizingly obscure to scholars. Breaking with tradition, René Weis draws upon a lifetime of research to reveal that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeare’s personal and professional life.

Neither musty nor academic, Shakespeare Unbound speaks in today’s idiom without sacrificing the playwright’s rich and mellifluous language. Controversial and always spirited, René Weis’s biography of the world’s greatest writer is authoritative, compelling, and compulsively readable.

About the Author

René Weis is a professor of English and vice-dean of the faculty of arts and humanities at University College, London. He is the author of The Yellow Cross and Criminal Justice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805088656
Author:
Weis, Rene
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
John MacRae Books
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 16-pg. insert; 2 maps
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.145 in

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Product details 496 pages Holt Rinehart and Winston - English 9780805088656 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Breaking with tradition, Weis reveals that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeares personal life, at home in Stratford, and in the shadowy precincts of theatrical London--details of a code unbroken for 400 years.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Weis does forge striking linkages between the work and life . . . Thanks to [his] insights . . . Shakespeare’s serenely beautiful lines do buzz with a new life.”—The Washington Post

Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son—these are among the mysteries of Shakespeare’s rich and turbulent life that have proven tantalizingly obscure to scholars. Breaking with tradition, René Weis draws upon a lifetime of research to reveal that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeare’s personal and professional life.

Neither musty nor academic, Shakespeare Unbound speaks in today’s idiom without sacrificing the playwright’s rich and mellifluous language. Controversial and always spirited, René Weis’s biography of the world’s greatest writer is authoritative, compelling, and compulsively readable.

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