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In the last ten years, virtually every previously known fact about Shakespeare has been modified by new research. Park Honan draws on this new information to dramatically alter our perceptions of the actor, poet, and playwright.

Here is virtually all that can be factually known or reasonably speculated about Shakespeare's life. Readers will find a vivid picture of what Shakespeare's childhood might have been like in the small English town of Stratford, which had but a dozen streets in 1560. We meet his father, John Shakespeare, the glovemaker of Henley Street, who rose to the office of High Bailiff and Justice of the Peace before he was beset by financial difficulties. There is a fascinating portrait of London and of the life of an Elizabethan actor (a neophyte Shakespeare may have had to learn as many as a hundred small parts per season). Honan casts new light on the young poet's relationships--his early courtship of Anne Hathaway, their marriage, his attitudes to women such as Jennet Davenant, Marie Mountjoy, and his own daughters--illuminating Shakespeare's needs, habits, passions, and concerns. The author shows in fresh detail that Shakespeare was well acquainted with violent crime and murder in daily life. And he also examines the world of the playing companies--the power of patronage, theatrical conditions, and personal rivalries--to reveal the relationship between the man and the writing.

Park Honan's Shakespeare casts new light on a complex and fascinating life, illuminating Shakespeare's extraordinary development into the greatest dramatist of his or any age.

Synopsis:

In the most complete, accurate, and up-to-date narrative of Shakespeare's life ever written, Park Honan uses a wealth of fresh information to dramatically alter our perceptions of the actor, poet, and playwright.

Synopsis:

Explores the life of Shakespeare and his attitudes towards women through his relationships with Anne Hathaway and his daughters.

Table of Contents

Preface


Illustrations


Part I: A Stratford Youth


1. Birth


Mother of the Child


3. John Shakespeare's Fortunes


4. To Grammar School


5. Opportunity and Need


6. Love and Early Marriage


Part II: Actor and Poet of the London Stage


7. To London and the Amphitheatre Players


8. Attitudes


9. The City in September


10. A Patron, Poems, and Company Work


11. A Servant of the Lord Chamberlain


12. New Place and the Country


Part III: The Maturity of Genius


13. South of Julius Caesar's Tower


14. Hamlet's Questions


15. The King's Servants


16. The Tragic Sublime


Part IV: The Last Phase


17. Tales and Tempests


18. A Gentleman's Choices


Notes


Appendix A: The families of Arden and Shakespeare


Appendix B: Descendants of Shakespeare's nephew Thomas Hart (b. 1605) down to the sale of the Birthplace in 1806


Appendix C: A note on the Shakespeare biographical tradition and sources for his life


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780199774753
Subtitle:
A Life
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Park Honan
Author:
Honan, Park
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | Shakespeare
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Theatre
Subject:
Dramatists, English
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Criticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20000427
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
479

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Arts and Entertainment » Drama » History and Criticism
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Literary
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"Synopsis" by , In the most complete, accurate, and up-to-date narrative of Shakespeare's life ever written, Park Honan uses a wealth of fresh information to dramatically alter our perceptions of the actor, poet, and playwright.
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