Shakespeare: From Upstart Crow to Sweet Swan, 1592-1623
An original and provocative study of the evolution of Shakespeare’s image, building on the success of Duncan-Jones' acclaimed biography, Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life. Taking a broadly chronological approach, she investigates Shakespeare’s changing reputation, as a man, an actor and a poet, both from his own viewpoint and from that of his contemporaries. Many different cat...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare
(first published April 11th 2011)
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As with the last two books, I am writing about this one for publication and it would be unfair to the editors if I give too much away here. Suffice it to say that I am persuaded by almost nothing in this book, but it is so full on learning, obscure facts, and novel arguments that Shakespeareans should read it anyway to learn many dozens of things they probably do not know and to be challenged by the author's beliefs.