Mistress Davenant, the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets (Classic Reprint)

Mistress Davenant, the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets (Classic Reprint)

by Arthur Acheson
     
 

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In the preface to a book published in 1903, entitled Shakespeare and the Rival Poet of the Sonnets, I suggested certain lines of Shakespearean investigation which seemed to promise more definite knowledge of Shakespeare the man, and, through the more intimate conception thus possibly to be gained

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Excerpt from Mistress Davenant, the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets

In the preface to a book published in 1903, entitled Shakespeare and the Rival Poet of the Sonnets, I suggested certain lines of Shakespearean investigation which seemed to promise more definite knowledge of Shakespeare the man, and, through the more intimate conception thus possibly to be gained of his personality, a clearer understanding of his life's work than had yet been realised either by textual criticism or antiquarian research. In that preface I wrote as follows:

"The research of text-students of the works of Shakespeare, undertaken with the object of unveiling the mystery which envelops the poet's life and personality, has added little or nothing of actual proof to the bare outlines which hearsay, tradition, and the spare records of his time have given us. It has, however, resulted in evolving several plausible conjectures, which, if followed and carried to the point of proof, would lend some form and semblance of his personality to these outlines, and materially assist in visualising for us the actual man. In this class of conjectural knowledge I would place the following questions: The question of the personal theory of the Sonnets, with its attendant questions of order and chronology, and the indentity of the three or four figures, the "Patron," "The Rival Poet," "The Dark Lady," and "The Mr. W. H." of the Dedication.

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ISBN-13:
9781330354254
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
06/24/2015
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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