Shakespeare's Lives

Shakespeare's Lives

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This "multiple biography" follows the quest throughout history for knowledge of Shakespeare the man. The author has collected information gleaned from the early formal lives, biographical notes in 18th-century editions, newspapers, magazines, miscellanies, prefaces to popular collections and encyclopaedia entries. In addition, Professor Schoenbaum documents the theories of amateurs, eccentrics and cranks. For this revised edition, the author has throughout added new material and in his epilogue surveys the work of the generation which has elapsed since the book was first published.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 632 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 81.28mm | 1,655.6g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16 pp plates
  • 0192831550
  • 9780192831552

About S. Schoenbaum

About the Author: S. Schoenbaum is Distinguished Professor of Renaissance Literature and Director, Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland.show more

Review Text

One reason to be thankful that so little is known about our national bard is the endless amusement to be derived from speculative biographies: and here, Shakespeare's finest living biographer looks at the lunacies of Shakespearean scholarship, from the earliest contemporary anecdotes to the most recent diversions - Greene to Rowse and Burgess. Apart from the characters involved (say, the sad case of the brilliant young Halliwell, who stole manuscripts from Trinity College, Cambridge and sold them to the British Museum) there are other eccentricities, like the vast Wheel constructed by one Dr Owen of Detroit, on which a thousand feet of text was stretched in order that a code could be discovered to prove that Bacon wrote Shakespeare! Breathtaking scholarship, and never a dull paragraph. (Kirkus UK)show more

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