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Shakespeare of London

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Published June 27th 1991 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1949)
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Long ago Marchette Chute wrote a series of books about literary figures including, and perhaps exclusively as far as I know, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Ben Jonson. I own and have read all of them. I think my favorite is Shakespeare of London, but Chaucer of England is delightful as well. In many ways they are touchstone books, charming, erudite without the ego and just fun. I found Ben Jonson the least interesting but this may be that I absolutely do not like Ben Jonson. I think it's a tribute to ...more
I first read this 20-25 years ago and have recently reread it.

There are a few niggling annoyances which I notice this time round, but missed the first time. Occasionally Chute's personal views intrude in an unhelpful way e.g. she seems to miss few chances to push her 20th century American capitalist worldview, with any Elizabethan collective practices dismissed as "impractical" and "mediaeval" and examples of free market trade highlighted and praised. She's also on very shaky grounds when she at
I found this account of life in London during the life of Shakespeare very helpful in better understanding his works. Very informative. Even tho it was written in 1947 it was very helpful. Don't know if there has been any more scholarship since then.
Dale Coye
This book written way back in 1949 still is a great read for anyone interested in Shakespeare's life. She takes the few threads we have on his family, neighbors, colleagues and the theatre world of London and weaves a chronicle of the times. She's a very witty writer.
An interesting look into Shakespeare's life... a little long-winded, but enlightening. :)
Greg Collver
good background on shakespeare, at times a little tedious in following side stories
Dana Stabenow
First book I ever read about Shakespeare. Still on my shelf.
This book helped supplement a text book I was using,
The highest praise I can give to any historian is just not quite enough for Chute. Immediately became what I will reach for when my faith in humanity takes a dive - beautiful, inspiring, second-only to her Chaucer book.
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