The Lodger Shakespeare

The Lodger Shakespeare : His Life on Silver Street

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In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster-and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded. In The Lodger Shakespeare, Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but little-known episode in the Bard's life. Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compellingly detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked amid the bustle of early seventeenth-century London. This elegant, often unexpected exploration presents a new and original look at Shakespeare as he was writing such masterpieces as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 377 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
  • 014311462X
  • 9780143114628
  • 992,034

About Charles Nicholl

Charles Nicholl is the author of nine books of history, biography, and travel, including the highly regarded The Reckoning. He has presented two documentaries for British television and has lectured in Britain, Italy, and the United States.
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aThrough imaginative use of primary source material . . . lively readings of the plays and a nuanced portrait of their author, [Nicholl] capably captures athe simmering randiness of the age.aa
a"The New Yorker"
aAs close as weall ever come to rubbing shoulders with the Bard.a
a"The Christian Science Monitor"
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