The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street
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The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street

by Charles Nicholl
     
 

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Acclaimed author Charles Nicholl presents a brilliantly drawn detective story with entirely new insights into Shakespeare's life. With evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compelling, detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked during the time in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure forSee more details below

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Acclaimed author Charles Nicholl presents a brilliantly drawn detective story with entirely new insights into Shakespeare's life. With evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compelling, detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked during the time in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
…readers, especially those with a taste for historical detection, will simply enjoy the way Nicholl recreates "the physical and cultural circumstances" of one brief and strange period in Shakespeare's life.
—The Washington Post
William Grimes
The Lodger Shakespeare, resting on a solid foundation of teased-out biographical details, opens a window onto Jacobean London and the swirl of sights and sensations that surrounded Shakespeare and inevitably found their way into his plays. From a mere handful of dry facts embedded in an obscure lawsuit, Mr. Nicholl brings forth a gaudy, tumultuous, richly imagined world.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Nicholl, winner of a Hawthornden Prize forArthur Rimbaud in Africa, re-creates the physical and cultural circumstances of the two-year period of 1603-1605 when Shakespeare, around 40 and at the peak of his profession, was a lodger in the home of a sexually lax Huguenot family who provided raw material for All's Well That Ends Welland other works. At the center of events is a 1612 lawsuit about a dowry unpaid by Shakespeare's former London landlord to his son-in-law. The landlord, Christopher Mountjoy, despite his success as a maker of women's decorative headwear, was a stingy man who withheld his daughter's dowry; after his wife's death, he was censured by church elders for fathering two bastards by his maid. Shakespeare may have played a larger role in the drama, persuading the reluctant bridegroom, who was Mountjoy's apprentice, to marry the daughter in the first place. While details of early Jacobean London are atmospheric, placing Shakespearean works into historical context, Nicholl's determination to sort out the biographical truths in Shakespeare's plays waxes tedious, and only the Bard's cultish devotees will care about the minutiae of headgear and wigs or the Mountjoy lawsuit. For the rest, it's much ado about nothing. 36 illus.(Feb. 4)

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From the Publisher
"The prose moves steadily along, eschews gush, jargon and digression, and generally inspires confidence. This is the voice of a man who knows his stuff. A pro." —The Washington Post
Library Journal
01/01/2014
In 1612, Shakespeare testified in a court case involving other residents of the boarding house in which he lived. Beginning with this rare documentary evidence of Shakespeare's personal life, Nicholl dives into the details of the case, describing the other lodgers and the surrounding world of early 17th-century London, from its homeowners and tradesmen to its thieves and prostitutes. While often more a portrait of London than a biography of Shakespeare, this compelling book offers a great array of details about life in the city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670018505
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The prose moves steadily along, eschews gush, jargon and digression, and generally inspires confidence. This is the voice of a man who knows his stuff. A pro." —-The Washington Post

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