The Lodger

The Lodger
Author: Charles Nicholl
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2008-07-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0141911875

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In 1612 Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster – it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine – a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry – but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist’s famously obscure life-story. Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating episode in Shakespeare’s life. Marshalling evidence from a wide variety of sources, including previously unknown documentary material on the Mountjoys, he conjures up a detailed and compelling description of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked, and in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure and King Lear.

The Lodger Shakespeare

The Lodger Shakespeare
Author: Charles Nicholl
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2009-02-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780143114628

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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.

Aemilia Lanyer as Shakespeare s Co Author

Aemilia Lanyer as Shakespeare   s Co Author
Author: Mark Bradbeer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2022-04-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1000567214

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This book presents original material which indicates that Aemilia Lanyer – female writer, feminist, and Shakespeare contemporary – is Shakespeare’s hidden and arguably most significant co-author. Once dismissed as the mere paramour of Shakespeare’s patron, Lord Hunsdon, she is demonstrated to be a most articulate forerunner of #MeToo fury. Building on previous research into the authorship of Shakespeare’s works, Bradbeer offers evidence in the form of three case studies which signal Aemilia’s collaboration with Shakespeare. The first case study matches the works of "George Wilkins" – who is currently credited as the co-author of the feminist Shakespeare play Pericles (1608) – with Aemilia Lanyer’s writing style, education, feminism and knowledge of Lord Hunsdon’s secret sexual life. The second case-study recognizes Titus Andronicus (1594), a play containing the characters Aemilius and Bassianus, to be a revision of the suppressed play Titus and Vespasian (1592), as authored by the unmarried pregnant Aemilia Bassano, as she then was. Lastly, it is argued that Shakespeare’s clowns, Bottom, Launce, Malvolio, Dromio, Dogberry, Jaques, and Moth, arise in her deeply personal war with the misogynist Thomas Nashe. Each case study reveals new aspects of Lanyer’s feminist activism and involvement in Shakespeare’s work, and allows for a deeper analysis and appreciation of the plays. This research will prove provocative to students and scholars of Shakespeare studies, English literature, literary history, and gender studies.

Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare

Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare
Author: Ronald Huebert
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2016-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1442647914

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In Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare, Ronald Huebert challenges these assumptions by marshalling evidence that it was in Shakespeare s time that the idea of privacy went from a marginal notion to a desirable quality."

Truth About William Shakespeare

Truth About William Shakespeare
Author: David Ellis
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-09-13
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0748653880

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

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Author: William Baker
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 191
Release: 2009-11-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1847064094

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A concise, accessible introduction to Shakespeare's life and work which focuses on what we know, assessing the differing theories and avoiding speculation.

Theoretical Discussions of Biography

Theoretical Discussions of Biography
Author: Hans Renders
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 293
Release: 2014-04-17
Genre: History
ISBN: 9004274707

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Theoretical Discussions of Biography: Approaches from History, Microhistory, and Life Writing offers comprehensive overviews by 14 academic scholars of the actual state of the field of Biography Studies, specifically by connecting biography with microhistory, journalism, and Life Writing.


Author: Verena Olejniczak Lobsien
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2010
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3110222361

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Der Band fragt nach der philosophischen, theologischen und ästhetischen Bedeutung von Vollkommenheit. Sein Hauptakzent liegt auf den Künsten des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit. Die Originalbeiträge aus den Fächern Anglistik, Romanistik, Germanistik und Theologie behandeln Werke von den Kirchenvätern über Gottfried von Straßburg, Dante, Petrarca und Shakespeare bis hin zu Andrew Marvell.

Writing Lives

Writing Lives
Author: Midge Gillies
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 129
Release: 2009-06-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 052173231X

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In addition to exploring the key characteristics of life writing, this book examines the relationship between the lives of authors and the influence of these lives both on their own writing and on the reception of their work by contemporary and later readers.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Author: Paul Shuter
Publsiher: Raintree
Total Pages: 82
Release: 2015-01-29
Genre: Dramatists, English
ISBN: 140627335X

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Who was William Shakespeare? How much do we really know about him, and how much of what is believed is myth? This unique biography takes the reader step-by-step through Shakespeare's life, setting out the evidence and what we can reasonably infer about him. It reminds the reader about the world he lived in, such as that standard spelling of words did not exist in his time, and shows how we must think carefully before applying modern ideas to explain his life.

Shakespeare s Strangers and English Law

Shakespeare s Strangers and English Law
Author: Paul Raffield
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2023-01-26
Genre: Law
ISBN: 150992986X

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Through analysis of 5 plays by Shakespeare, Paul Raffield examines what it meant to be a 'stranger' to English law in the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean period. The numbers of strangers increased dramatically in the late sixteenth century, as refugees fled religious persecution in continental Europe and sought sanctuary in Protestant England. In the context of this book, strangers are not only persons ethnically or racially different from their English counterparts, be they immigrants, refugees, or visitors. The term also includes those who transgress or are simply excluded by their status from established legal norms by virtue of their faith, sexuality, or mode of employment. Each chapter investigates a particular category of 'stranger'. Topics include the treatment of actors in late Elizabethan England and the punishment of 'counterfeits' (Measure for Measure); the standing of refugees under English law and the reception of these people by the indigenous population (The Comedy of Errors); the establishment of 'Troynovant' as an international trading centre on the banks of the Thames (Troilus and Cressida); the role of law and the state in determining the rights of citizens and aliens (The Merchant of Venice); and the disenfranchised, estranged position of the citizen in a dysfunctional society and an acephalous realm (King Lear). This is the third sole-authored book by Paul Raffield on the subject of Shakespeare and the Law. The others are Shakespeare's Imaginary Constitution: Late Elizabethan Politics and the Theatre of Law (2010) and The Art of Law in Shakespeare (2017), both published by Hart/Bloomsbury.

Shakespeare and Venice

Shakespeare and Venice
Author: Graham Holderness
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2016-04-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1317056310

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Shakespeare and Venice is the first book length study to describe and chronicle the mythology of Venice that was formulated in the Middle Ages and has persisted in fiction and film to the present day. Graham Holderness focuses specifically on how that mythology was employed by Shakespeare to explore themes of conversion, change, and metamorphosis. Identifying and outlining the materials having to do with Venice which might have been available to Shakespeare, Holderness provides a full historical account of past and present Venetian myths and of the city's relationship with both Judaism and Islam. Holderness also provides detailed readings of both The Merchant of Venice and of Othello against these mythical and historical dimensions, and concludes with discussion of Venice's relevance to both the modern world and to the past.

Literary Biography

Literary Biography
Author: Michael Benton
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-05-26
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1119109205

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Literary Biography: An Introduction illustrates and accountsfor the literary genre that merges historical facts with theconventions of narrative while revealing how the biographicalcontext can enrich the study of canonical authors. Provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of issues andcontroversies in life writing, a rapidly growing field ofstudy Offers a valuable biographical and historical context for thestudy of major classic and contemporary authors Features an interview with Wilfred Owen's biographer, DominicHibberd; a gallery of literary portraits with commentaries; closereadings that illustrate the differences between fiction andbiography; speculation about likely future developments; anddetailed suggestions for further reading

Shakespeare in Company

Shakespeare in Company
Author: Bart van Es
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 372
Release: 2013-02-14
Genre: Drama
ISBN: 0199569312

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Considering both Shakespeare's fellow writers as well as members of his acting company Shakespeare in Company offers a unique insight into the company kept by William Shakespeare and how it impacted on his writing.

Modern Handfasting

Modern Handfasting
Author: Liz Williams
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2021-10-08
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 0738766828

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Handfasting is quickly becoming a widely practiced tradition, not only for pagans, but for people from all walks of life. This book is a thorough resource that shares ritual scripts, sample vows, and all the information you need to plan your own ceremony or serve as a celebrant for others. In Modern Handfasting, you will discover the history, practicalities, legal considerations, logistics, and magic of the big day. Author Liz Williams—a priestess and longtime celebrant—guides you through opening the ceremony, creating a circle, consecration, calling the quarters, vows, tying the knot, and closing the ceremony. You will also discover tips and stories from other celebrants as well as practical information for finding a celebrant, early planning, troubleshooting, working with ceremonial tools, and choosing colors, dates, and other details with magical correspondences.

As You Law It Negotiating Shakespeare

As You Law It   Negotiating Shakespeare
Author: Daniela Carpi
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2018-10-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 3110591510

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Shakespeare was fascinated by law, which permeated Elizabethan everyday life. The general impression one derives from the analysis of many plays by Shakespeare is that of a legal situation in transformation and of a dynamically changing relation between law and society, law and the jurisdiction of Renaissance times. Shakespeare provides the kind of literary supplement that can better illustrate the legal texts of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. There was a strong popular participation in the system of justice, and late sixteenth-century playwrights often made use of forensic models of narrative. Uncertainty about legal issues represented a rich potential for causing strong reactions in the public, especially feelings concerning the resistance to tyranny. The volume aims at highlighting some of the many legal perspectives and debates emplotted in Shakespearean plays, also taking into consideration the many texts that have been produced during the latest years on law and literature in the Renaissance.

Shakespeare Survey Volume 62 Close Encounters with Shakespeare s Text

Shakespeare Survey  Volume 62  Close Encounters with Shakespeare s Text
Author: Peter Holland
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages:
Release: 2009-10-22
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 131613900X

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Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948, Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year's textual and critical studies, and of the year's major British performances. The theme for volume 62 is 'Close Encounters with Shakespeare's Text'. The complete set of Survey volumes is also available online at This fully-searchable resource enables users to browse by author, essay and volume, search by play, theme and topic, and save and bookmark their results.