Shakespeare Unbound: Decoding a Hidden Life

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Macmillan, 02.09.2008 - 479 Seiten
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At last—a key that unlocks the secrets of Shakespeare's life

Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son—these are among the mysteries of Shakespeare's rich and turbulent life that have proven tantalizingly obscure.

Despite an avalanche of recent scholarship, René Weis, an acknowledged authority on the Elizabethan period, believes the links between the bard's life and the poems and plays have been largely ignored. Armed with a wealth of new archival research and his own highly regarded interpretations of the literature, the author finds provocative parallels between Shakespeare's early experiences in the bustling market town of Stratford—including a dangerous poaching incident and contacts with underground Catholics—and the plays.

Breaking with tradition, Weis reveals that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeare's personal life, at home in Stratford and in the shadowy precincts of theatrical London—details of a code unbroken for four hundred years.

 

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Nutzerbericht  - tarheel96 - LibraryThing

A thoroughly fascinating journey for anyone interested in the man behind the famous plays and sonnets. The author uses historical documents and what is known about events, locations and even other ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Psy - LibraryThing

Weis makes a credible case that Shakespeare's works were closely influenced by people and events in his life. While it's futile to speculate too closely about this, if Weis' misunderstanding of the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Prologue
1
Birth of a Genius
5
C 1570c 1578
18
Meeting the Neighbors in 1582
40
158283
58
1587?
80
1587
93
158790
107
A Will Made Lame by Fortunes Blows
185
159496
199
159699
215
Wednesday August 11 1596
224
Flight from the Fortress
251
1599
275
16001601
287
16011602
298

Kit Marlowe and Will Shakespeare
115
1590
129
159293
145
October 6 1594
160
1594
169
Losing a Mother and a Daughter
369
1623
418
Bibliographical
453
Acknowledgments
461
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Über den Autor (2008)

René Weis is a professor of English and vice-dean of the faculty of arts and humanities at University College, London. He is the author of The Yellow Cross and Criminal Justice.

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