Shakespeare Unbound

Shakespeare Unbound

Decoding A Hidden Life

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Baker & Taylor
A provocative new study presents an intimate view of the interior world of a genius, drawing parallels between the bard's life and his poetry and plays that reflect his early experiences in Stratford, contacts with underground Catholics, and role in theatrical London, arguing that his literary works offer clues to the details of his personal life. 35,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Holtzbrinck
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.


Blackwell North Amer
Rene Wets draws upon a lifetime of research to reveal that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeare's personal and professional life - at home In Stratford, and, later, in the shadowy precincts of theatrical London. Scenes from King Lear and Othello, for example, were influenced by the Bard's several love affairs. Likewise, Shakespeare's grief at the death of his son Hamnet spawned his most ambitious tragedy, while his own twins provided the counterreality to Twelfth Night.
Weis also offers new data to clear up old mysteries. The Fair Youth, the author argues, had to be Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton; the Dark Lady was Emilia Lanier, a strikingly luscious Venetian beauty; Christopher Marlowe was the rival poet who figured so prominently in the Sonnets. These speculations are based largely on study of overlooked sources, hidden in Shakespeare's birthplace, as well as neglected sources in Stratford and the records now held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, of which Weis is a trustee.
Shakespeare Unbound not only provides links between the life and the work but surprises readers with new information about the London stage, England's dangerous religious wars, and Shakespeare's close friendships and entangled family life.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an intimate view of the interior world of William Shakespeare, drawing parallels between the bard's life and his works that reflect his early experiences in Stratford, contacts with underground Catholics, and role in theatrical London.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780805075014
0805075011
Characteristics: xii, 479 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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