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How can biographies of Shakespeare continue to appear when so little is known about him? And when what is known has been in the public domain for so long? In the past decade, the majority of these biographies have been published by distinguished Shakespeareans - shouldn't they know better? To solve this puzzle, David Ellis looks at the methods that Shakespeare's biographers have used to hide their lack of knowledge. At the same time, by exploring efforts to write a life of Shakespeare along traditional lines, it asks what kind of animal "biography" really is and how it should be written.

About the Author

David Ellis is Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART I

1. Rules of the game

2. Bricks without straw

3. Forbears

4. The female line and Catholicism

5. Boyhood and youth

6. Marriage

7. The theatre

8. Patronage, or who's who in the Sonnets

9. Shakespeare and the love of men

10. Shakespeare and the love of women

11. Friends

12. London life

13. Politics

14. Money

15. Retirement and death

16. Post-mortem

PART II

17. Gossip

18. The post-modernist challenge

19. The argument from expertise

20. Trahison des clercs?

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780748646678
Author:
Ellis, David
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | Shakespeare
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9 x 0.7 in

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