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Shakespeare's Face

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  3 reviews
On May 11, 2001, Globe and Mail reporter Stephanie Nolen announced a stunning discovery to the world: an attractive portrait held by an Ontario family for twelve generations, which may well be the only known portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. Shakespeare’s Face is the biography of a portrait — a literary mystery story — and the furious debate that has ens ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Knopf Canada
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S.M.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this when it came out but I am posting it now to encourage others to read this fascinating book. Current information from 2013: the label, ink and glue on the back of the painting which identify the sitter as William Shakespeare, have been tested and proven to date between 1600-1640. Extensive research has been done on the family of the owner, further linking the owner's direct ancestor to Wm Shakespeare. See http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/mu...
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Hugh Coverly
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember when this story broke in the Globe and Mail. Knowing enough of the story at the time, I chose not to get the book in 2002. Over the years I’ve forgotten much of the detail and I’m glad to have finally read it. The book reads much like a mystery novel. Stephanie Nolan’s approach is interesting, to say the least. She has Shakespearean experts and other professionals tell their roles in the uncovering the solution to the mystery. The portrait itself is consistent with its alleged age, bu ...more
Harvey
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
- I enjoyed this collection of essays, and book-long debate, regarding the verification of this 'found' portrait of Shakespeare.
- book quotes:
- "Why should the 'discovery' of what might be a portrait of William Shakespeare make it to the front page of the newspapers? Because, the answer will come, Shakespeare was the greatest writer in the history of the world."
- "After God," proclaimed Alexandre Dumas, the nineteenth-century French author "Shakespeare created most."
- "...the mythic and legenda
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