The Truth About William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies

The Truth About William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies

by David Ellis
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
This refreshing book exposes excesses and subterfuges in the academy. Highly recommended.

From the Publisher
"In exposing the fabrications that biographers have resorted to in the face of the lack of knowledge of any kind to be had about Shakespeare's personality and private life, this book is sharply incisive, humorously as well as forensically so. It is also thoroughly informative about Shakespeare's life, insofar as it is known."—George Donaldson, University of Bristol

"Not only, in my view, definitive in its treatment of its subject, but a pleasure to read. Every scholarly library should own it, and all readers interested in Shakespeare or biography." — iThe Vocabula Reviewr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748653881
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
419 KB

Meet the Author

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

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