By Laurie E. Maguire

ISBN-10: 0470658509

ISBN-13: 9780470658505

ISBN-10: 1118326776

ISBN-13: 9781118326770

Think you recognize Shakespeare? reconsider . . .

Was a true cranium utilized in the 1st functionality of Hamlet? have been Shakespeare's performs Elizabethan blockbusters? How a lot can we quite learn about the playwright's lifestyles? And what of his infamous dating along with his spouse? Exploring and exploding 30 renowned myths in regards to the nice playwright, this illuminating new e-book evaluates all of the proof to teach how historic material—or its absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this finds approximately our personal own funding within the tales we tell.Content:
Chapter 1 Shakespeare used to be the preferred author of his Time (pages 6–10):
Chapter 2 Shakespeare used to be now not good knowledgeable (pages 11–17):
Chapter three Shakespeare's performs will be played in Elizabethan gown (pages 18–25):
Chapter four Shakespeare used to be no longer attracted to Having his performs revealed (pages 26–33):
Chapter five Shakespeare by no means Traveled (pages 34–39):
Chapter 6 Shakespeare's performs are Politically flawed (pages 40–46):
Chapter 7 Shakespeare used to be a Catholic (pages 47–53):
Chapter eight Shakespeare's performs had no surroundings (pages 54–59):
Chapter nine Shakespeare's Tragedies are extra critical than his Comedies (pages 60–65):
Chapter 10 Shakespeare Hated his spouse (pages 66–71):
Chapter eleven Shakespeare Wrote within the Rhythms of daily Speech (pages 72–79):
Chapter 12 Hamlet was once Named After Shakespeare's Son (pages 80–85):
Chapter thirteen The Coarse Bits of Shakespeare are for the Groundlings; the Philosophy is for the higher sessions (pages 86–93):
Chapter 14 Shakespeare was once a Stratford Playwright (pages 94–98):
Chapter 15 Shakespeare used to be a Plagiarist (pages 99–105):
Chapter sixteen we do not recognize a lot approximately Shakespeare's existence (pages 106–112):
Chapter 17 Shakespeare Wrote by myself (pages 113–118):
Chapter 18 Shakespeare's Sonnets are Autobiographical (pages 119–124):
Chapter 19 If Shakespeare have been Writing Now, He'd be Writing for Hollywood (pages 125–129):
Chapter 20 The Tempest used to be Shakespeare's Farewell to the degree (pages 130–136):
Chapter 21 Shakespeare had an enormous Vocabulary (pages 137–142):
Chapter 22 Shakespeare's performs are undying (pages 143–149):
Chapter 23 Macbeth is Jinxed within the Theater (pages 150–155):
Chapter 24 Shakespeare didn't Revise His performs (pages 156–162):
Chapter 25 Boy Actors performed Women's Roles (pages 163–168):
Chapter 26 Shakespeare's performs do not paintings As video clips (pages 169–174):
Chapter 27 Yorick's cranium was once genuine (pages 175–182):
Chapter 28 Queen Elizabeth enjoyed Shakespeare's performs (pages 183–189):
Chapter 29 Shakespeare's Characters are Like genuine humans (pages 190–195):
Chapter 30 Shakespeare did not Write Shakespeare (pages 196–201):

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In their letter addressed ‘‘To the great variety of readers,’’ Heminge and Condell wrote: It had been a thing we confess worthy to have been wished that the author himself had lived to have set forth, and overseen, his own writings. But since it hath been ordained otherwise, and he, by death, departed from that right, we pray you do not envy his friends the office of their care and pain to have collected and published them. Does this suggest that Shakespeare intended to ‘‘set forth’’ and ‘‘oversee’’ his own collected writings before he died?

1496–1544; for Canada and the USA, see vol. 3 (A Directory of Shakespeare in Performance since 1991), pp. 1882–1970. 6 Jonathan Bate, Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare (London: Penguin, 2008), p. 305. Myth 6 SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS ARE POLITICALLY INCORRECT By the standards of our own day, the drama of the Elizabethan period is obviously, distastefully, politically incorrect. Minorities are everywhere disenfranchised: blacks, women, Jews, Catholics, servants, New World inhabitants, animals.

Not necessarily. The statistics tell an interesting story. 4 The figures are similar for other paratextual material – lists of characters, for instance. Drama was developing a printed identity – but slowly. This fledgling identity perhaps also explains the stuttering way in which title pages identify authors of plays. The first Shakespeare plays Shakespeare was not interested in having his plays printed 29 to reach print did not have his name on the title page. The selling point of a play was its theater company: the marketing point that promised success for a printed play was the stage on which it had already been successful.

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