Shakespeare: The Evidence: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Man and His Work

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

A first-time-in-paperback reissue, this full-fledged biography takes on all of the famous Shakespearean debates, from whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote his plays to speculation regarding his sexuality to the mysterious curse he set upon his own grave. This lively and provocative book weaves together the most complete, objective, and readable account of Shakespeare's life ever written. Includes 24 pages of illustrations.

 

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Contents

Through a Glass Darkly
1
WasShakespeareReally Shakespeare?
12
StratforduponAvon One of the Biggest Frauds in England?27
27
A Curious Testament
44
As an Unperfect Actor on the Stage
59
Trials of a Writer
78
Found the Mystery Patron?
93
Entry into History
113
Like Favourites Made Proud
272
One of the Kings Men
291
Under the Tragic Muse
309
A New Mood
325
To the Onlie Begetter
343
A Curious Purchase
360
And England Keep my Bones
382
He was for all time
405

Unto Southampton do we Shift our Scene
130
My Mistress Brows are Raven Black
148
Murder Most Foul
166
Lord Chamberlains Man
185
To Show the World I am a Gentleman
204
Hand of the Censor
221
Most Excellent for the Stage
237
This Wooden O
252
Notes References
423
Family Trees
453
Chronology
456
Miscellaneous Documents
468
Bibliography
480
Index
489
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About the author (1999)

Ian Wilson studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Blood and the Shroud, Holy Faces, The Columbus Myth, and Shakespeare: The Evidence. He lives with his wife in Australia.

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