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William Shakespeare by Anthony Holden
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Dec 15, 11


The author is touted as witty on the book's cover, but I frankly just found the writing a mess. He skips back and forth in time tangents. That makes the story very hard to follow. He also contradicts himself. He puts forth evidence which is solid, granted. It's hard to argue with acutal records. However, he also uses Shakespeare's works to support his theories on one page. Then he basically says we shouldn't read too much into the passages a few chapters later. The subject of Anne Hathaway is treated with an alternatively snide and then patronizing sort of attitude. It was really difficult to read this book. There's no linear storyline, his evidence isn't laid out in a clear way, and the writing is mired in misplaced details that often belong somewhere else. I would not recommend this to anyone.
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