Shakespeare, the Player: A Life in the Theatre

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This text argues that in the many analyses of Shakespeare's life, one vital factor has been overlooked; his profession as a player. The author asserts that Shakespeare cannot be separated from his profession nor his works separated from the context and original purpose of their creation. His life as a player must be taken into account, as there is no other explanation for how an inexperienced man from a small Warwickshire town with no theatrical background or training came to have such command of theatrical ways and means, such knowledge and understanding of the poetic and dramatic techniques of his predecessors and contemporaries, that within a few years, he was able to surpass them to write the greatest plays in the language.

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Shakespeare, the player: a life in the theatre

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Often taught only as an author of unique genius, Shakespeare is here rounded out in this treatment of his life as an actor. Read in conjunction with more traditional biographies (e.g., Park Honan's ... Read full review

An well thought out biography

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Well written and interesting theories on Lost Years. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Southworth has combined a lengthy career in the theatre as an actor and director with research and writing on the early history of popular entertainment.

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