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Shakespeare - An Ungentle Life (Arden Shakespeare)

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Title: Shakespeare - An Ungentle Life (Arden Shakespeare)
Author: Duncan-Jones, Katherine
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This major biography of Shakespeare was first published in 2001 to great critical acclaim. It remains highly regarded and much cited by critics and scholars. Its author, Katherine Duncan Jones was an advisor to William Boyd for his film about Shakespeare's life (A Waste of Shame). The book shows Shakespeare as a man among men and a writer among writers. He lives in a congested city, where he encounters disease, debt and cut-throat competition. His brilliance often makes him the object of envy and malice rather than adulation. He is a shrewd purchaser of property and shows no inclination to divert any of his wealth to charitable or altruistic ends. He appears to be more interested in relationships with well-born young men than with women. Duncan-Jones takes us through the complexities of life in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England in a compelling well-told story. For this paperback reissue, the author has written a new Preface, detailing some of the recent debates about Shakespeare's biography and identity.

Review: '[A] deeply considered and stimulating book, informed throughout by the author's intimate knowledge of the literature and society of Shakespeare's age... These scenes from Shakespeare's life...offer refreshing alternative points of view that no future biographers will be able to ignore Stanley Wells, TLS 'It is unquestionably the best Shakespearean biography of the new century' Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph '...a model of lucid scholarship which tries neither to beatify nor vilify its subject, but to present [Shakespeare] as a living figure in the heat and the dust of the passing world' The Times 'Katherine Duncan-Jones's constantly illuminating and hugely enjoyable biography restores the author and his plays to bubbly life...Duncan-Jones triumphantly constructs an upsetting trajectory from playful youth to rancorous skinflint, through which art matures even as character hardens' The Observer 'Engrossing...Her account of Shakespeare's hypothetical entry into the theatrical profession is a tour de force of biographical reconstruction...Katherine Duncan-Jones shines light into dark corners and brings skeletons out of the closet. Her courageous biography is partisan, idiosyncratic, and unforgettable. Anyone seriously interested in Shakespeare should read it.' Shakespeare Quarterly 'A brilliant book...Fresh and original.' Literary Review

Author Biography: Katherine Duncan Jones is editor of the Arden Third Series Shakespeare's Sonnets and co-editor of the Arden Third Series Shakespeare's Poems. She is the author of several books on Shakespeare and early modern writers and is a regular theatre reviewer for the TLS.

Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 23/04/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408125083
Publishing status: Out of Stock
Shakespeare - An Ungentle Life (Arden Shakespeare)