Who Was William Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Life and Works

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 18, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 320 pages
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A new study of Shakespeare’s life and times, whichilluminates our understanding and appreciation of his works.

  • Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both thelife and the plays, suited to both undergraduate and popularaudiences
  • Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnetsthrough the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare’s life andhistorical environment
  • Addresses four of the most significant issues that shapedShakespeare’s career:  education, religion, socialstatus, and theatre
  • Examines theatre as an institution and the literary environmentof early modern London
  • Explains and dispatches conspiracy theories aboutauthorship
  

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Contents

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WHO WAS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE?
WRITING
RELIGION
THEATRE
COMEDIES
ENGLISH AND ROMAN HISTORIES
TRAGEDIES
ROMANCES
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Dympna Callaghan is William L. Safire Professor of ModernLetters at Syracuse University and President of the ShakespeareAssociation of America, 2012–13. She is the editor of theArden Shakespeare Language and Writing Series and coeditor, withMichael Dobson, of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies series. Herpublications include Shakespeare Without Women (2000),The Taming of the Shrew: A Norton Critical Edition (2009),Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2007), The Impact ofFeminism in English Renaissance Culture (2006), and Romeoand Juliet: Texts and Contexts (2003).

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