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Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer
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Jul 26, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: biography
Read from June 26 to July 26, 2010

Was Ann Hathaway a scheming seducer of young William Shakespeare? Did he leave her in disgust to be an actor in London? Or was the truth a little different? Germaine Greer examines the evidence (such as it is).

This book seems to be directed at a mass audience, but it shouldn't be. I found it a challenge to wade through the masses of evidence Greer musters. And some of this evidence is written in 16th century English, which is tedious to read at best.

And in the end, there are so few glimpses of Shakespeare's wife because there is simply so little record of her existence.

I can see this book being of interest to a Shakespearean scholar, or to a student of 16th century English history. As for the rest of us, maybe we should wait for the movie.

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