William Shakespeare

A Textual Companion

Author: Stanley Wells,Gary Taylor

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393316674

Category: Drama

Page: 671

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A comprehensive accompaniment and resource for students and educators.
Literary Criticism

Shakespeare by Another Name

The Biography of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare

Author: Mark Anderson

Publisher: Untreed Reads

ISBN: 1611871786

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 667

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The debate over the true author of the Shakespeare canon has raged for centuries. Astonishingly little evidence supports the traditional belief that Will Shakespeare, the actor and businessman from Stratford-upon-Avon, was the author. Legendary figures such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Sigmund Freud have all expressed grave doubts that an uneducated man who apparently owned no books and never left England wrote plays and poems that consistently reflect a learned and well-traveled insider's perspective on royal courts and the ancient feudal nobility. Recent scholarship has turned to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford-an Elizabethan court playwright known to have written in secret and who had ample means, motive and opportunity to in fact have assumed the "Shakespeare" disguise. "Shakespeare" by Another Name is the literary biography of Edward de Vere as "Shakespeare." This groundbreaking book tells the story of de Vere's action-packed life-as Renaissance man, spendthrift, courtier, wit, student, scoundrel, patron, military adventurer, and, above all, prolific ghostwriter-finding in it the background material for all of The Bard's works. Biographer Mark Anderson incorporates a wealth of new evidence, including de Vere's personal copy of the Bible (in which de Vere underlines scores of passages that are also prominent Shakespearean biblical references).

Elizabethan Theatre History: An Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship, 1664-1979

Author: David Stevens

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1105175219

Category: Reference

Page: 320

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Formerly published as "English Renaissance Theatre History: A Reference Guide" by G. K. Hall in 1982, this annotated bibliography of scholarship in the field of Elizabethan theatre history has been out of print for almost 30 years. Most academic libraries have a copy in their reference departments, and this classic is now available for the personal libraries of students and scholars in the field. It has never been easier to review the academic literature in such areas as reconstructions of Shakespeare's Globe Playhouse, and other public and private playhouses of Shakespeare's London; the court masques; Inigo Jones; Richard Burbage and other actors of the time; the Lord Mayor's Shows; Puritan opposition to the stage; and other such topics. The terminal date of 1979 reflects the date of original production, but with this tool it is a simple matter for the scholar to update his or her review of the literature. The comprehensive Index is invaluable, and Stevens also provides a preface and introduction.
Biography & Autobiography


The "lost Years"

Author: E. A. J. Honigmann

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719054259

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

View: 2381

This literary detective story throws light on the problem of what Shakespeare was doing between leaving school and appearing as an actor and playwright in London. Bringing forward historic and documentary evidence, this text argues that Shakespeare worked as a schoolmaster and player for a wealthy Catholic landowner in Lancashire and later for the Earl of Derby. One of the book's conclusions is that Shakespeare was probably a Roman Catholic. Step by step, this story of patronage, recusancy and aspiring talent is pursued through complex family relationships.

Shakespeare Survey

Author: Allardyce Nicoll

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521523677

Category: Drama

Page: 184

View: 6652

The first fifty volumes of this yearbook of Shakespeare studies are being reissued in paperback.

Shakespeare's Festive Comedy

A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Author: Cesar Lombardi Barber

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691149526

Category: Drama

Page: 301

View: 1402

In this classic work, acclaimed Shakespeare critic C. L. Barber argues that Elizabethan seasonal festivals such as May Day and Twelfth Night are the key to understanding Shakespeare's comedies. Brilliantly interweaving anthropology, social history, and literary criticism, Barber traces the inward journey--psychological, bodily, spiritual--of the comedies: from confusion, raucous laughter, aching desire, and aggression, to harmony. Revealing the interplay between social custom and dramatic form, the book shows how the Elizabethan antithesis between everyday and holiday comes to life in the comedies' combination of seriousness and levity. "I have been led into an exploration of the way the social form of Elizabethan holidays contributed to the dramatic form of festive comedy. To relate this drama to holiday has proved to be the most effective way to describe its character. And this historical interplay between social and artistic form has an interest of its own: we can see here, with more clarity of outline and detail than is usually possible, how art develops underlying configurations in the social life of a culture."--C. L. Barber, in the Introduction This new edition includes a foreword by Stephen Greenblatt, who discusses Barber's influence on later scholars and the recent critical disagreements that Barber has inspired, showing that Shakespeare's Festive Comedy is as vital today as when it was originally published.
Literary Criticism

Shakespeare, Co-author

A Historical Study of Five Collaborative Plays

Author: Brian Vickers

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199269167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 558

View: 6643

No issue in Shakespeare studies is more important than determining what he wrote. For over two centuries scholars have discussed the evidence that Shakespeare worked with co-authors on several plays, and have used a variety of methods to differentiate their contributions from his. In this wide-ranging study, Brian Vickers takes up and extends these discussions, presenting compelling evidence that Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus together with George Peele, Timon of Athens with Thomas Middleton, Pericles with George Wilkins, and Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen with John Fletcher. In Part One Vickers reviews the standard processes of co-authorship as they can be reconstructed from documents connected with the Elizabethan stage, and shows that every major, and most minor dramatists in the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline theatres collaborated in getting plays written and staged. This is combined with a survey of the types of methodology used since the early nineteenth century to identify co-authorship, and a critical evaluation of some 'stylometric' techniques. Part Two is devoted to detailed analyses of the five collaborative plays, discussing every significant case made for and against Shakespeare's co-authorship. Synthesizing two centuries of discussion, Vickers reveals a solidly based scholarly tradition, building on and extending previous work, identifying the co-authors' contributions in increasing detail. The range and quantity of close verbal analysis brought together in Shakespeare, Co-Author present a compelling case to counter those 'conservators' of Shakespeare who maintain that he is the sole author of his plays.

Shakespearean Illuminations

Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg

Author: Jay L. Halio,Hugh M. Richmond,Marvin Rosenberg

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136579

Category: Drama

Page: 371

View: 1189

Topics in this collection include discussions of acting the "Big Four, " as well as studies on politics, language, and history.
Drama in English - Shakespeare, William - Midsummer night's dream - Critical studies

Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Casebook

Author: Antony Price

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drama in English - Shakespeare, William - Midsummer night's dream - Critical studies

Page: 208

View: 537


Feasting With Centaurs

Titus Andronicus from Stage to Text

Author: Mariangela Tempera

Publisher: CLUEB


Category: History

Page: 293

View: 5187


Shakespeare's sonnets dated

and other essays

Author: Leslie Hotson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drama

Page: 244

View: 2291


"Two loves" and "a worthier pen"

the enigmas of Shakespeare's sonnets : an identification through a new approach

Author: Kaikhushru Dhunjibhoy Sethna

Publisher: Humanities Pr


Category: Poetry

Page: 300

View: 5697

English literature

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare,Hardin Craig,David M. Bevington

Publisher: Scott Foresman


Category: English literature

Page: 1447

View: 3572

Literary Criticism

Berryman's Shakespeare

Essays, Letters, and Other Writings

Author: John Berryman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 146680811X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 8438

Edited by John Haffenden With a Preface by Robert Giroux John Berryman, one of America's most talented modern poets, was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 77 Dream Songs and the National Book Award for His Toy, His Dream, His Rest. He gained a reputation as an innovator whose bold literary adventures were tempered by exacting discipline. Berryman was also an active, prolific, and perceptive critic whose own experience as a major poet served to his advantage. Berryman was a protégé of Mark Van Doren, the great Shakespearean scholar, and the Bard's work remained one of his most abiding passions--he would devote a lifetime to writing about it. His voluminous writings on the subject have now been collected and edited by John Haffenden.


An Excerpt from the General Catalogue of Printed Books in the British Museum

Author: British Museum. Department of Printed Books

Publisher: N.A



Page: 517

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