The Truth About William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies [NOOK Book]

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A polemical attack on the ways recent Shakespeare biographers have disguised their lack of information. 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 ...
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The Truth About William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies

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Overview

A polemical attack on the ways recent Shakespeare biographers have disguised their lack of information. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748653881
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,227,309
  • File size: 410 KB

Meet the Author

David Ellis

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

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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

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