30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

Author(s): Laurie Maguire, Emma Smith

Published Online: 20 NOV 2012 06:41AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470658505

Online ISBN: 9781118326770

DOI: 10.1002/9781118326770

About this Book

Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . .

Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material-or its absence-can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell.

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