30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 5, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . .

Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? WereShakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we reallyknow about the playwright's life? And what of his notoriousrelationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popularmyths about the great playwright, this illuminating new bookevaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—orits absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and whatthis reveals about our own personal investment in the stories wetell.


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Shakespeares plays should be performed
Shakespeare was not interested in having
Shakespeare never traveled
Shakespeare was a Catholic
Shakespeares plays had no scenery

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About the author (2012)

Laurie Maguire is Professor of English at the Universityof Oxford, tutorial fellow at Magdalen College, and the author oreditor of seven books. She is a regular theater reviewer forthe TLS and has lectured widely across the UK and theUSA.

Emma Smith is tutorial fellow at Hertford College,Oxford. She is the author or editor of six books, a regularreviewer for the TLS, and has lectured widely across the UKand the USA.

The authors have previously collaborated together on articles onMiddleton and Shakespeare and on graduate courses at the Universityof Oxford.

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