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The story that the sonnets tell

Author: Annie Doris Wraight
Publisher: London : Adam Hart, 1994.
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"Ever since the book of 154 beautiful poems curiously titled Shakespeares Sonnets was published in 1609 scholars, poets and devoted readers have maintained that they represent Shakespeare's autobiographical testimony, his 'poetic diary' his 'confessional', which tells us about his life, his loves and friendships. Many of the sonnets are, indeed, 'verse-letters' that were written to his dear friend and patron."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Sonnets
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wraight, Annie Doris.
Story that the sonnets tell.
London : Adam Hart, 1994
(OCoLC)604267175
Online version:
Wraight, Annie Doris.
Story that the sonnets tell.
London : Adam Hart, 1994
(OCoLC)607901592
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Christopher Marlowe; Christopher Marlowe; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annie Doris Wraight
ISBN: 1897763018 9781897763018 1897763050 9781897763056
OCLC Number: 60026388
Notes: Includes index.
Description: vi, 585 pages, [2] pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, 1 map, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: THE PRESENTATION OF THE ARGUMENT --
Shakespeare's sonnets : neuer before imprinted --
The poet's word --
Dr Hotson's 'Mr. W' --
The broken link --
Greene's groatsworth or wit and 'Shakes-scene' --
The Shakespeare mythos --
The Shakespearean authorship problem. THE REVELATION --
The riddle of the sonnets answered --
The poet identifies himself --
The sonnnet-story tested --
The muse's darling --
Patronage and friendship --
The Bradley affray --
The school of night --
The heresy hunt --
The death of Marlowe --
addendum --
Gorgon, or the wonderfull yeare --
The patron : a triple portrait --
William Herbert 3rd earl of Pembroke --
Henry Wriothesley 3rd earl of Southampton --
Who was 'Mr. W.H.'? --
Master William Hatcliffe --
The patron --
The rival poet --
Hero and Leander --
The sonnets of exile --
Poet, 'prince' and patron --
Evidence of Marlowe's heterosexuality --
The renaissance platonic ideal --
Beauty herself is black --
Three sonnets by the queen's secret agent --
Armada year: a psalm, a sonnet and a play --
Christopher Marlowe and the Armada --
Two political sonnets. THE VINDICATION --
The poet vilified and vindicated : The Baines notes, Renaissance influences --
A murdered reputation : The informer's libel --
The court of star chamber : God's holy fool --
Prison letters --
The distorted Image --
The rose of reconciliation. THE CONFIRMATION --
Fingerprinting the author --
Canterbury tales --
A Canterbury Pyramus and Thisbe --
The merry wives of Canterbury --
The Shakespeare cliffs of Dover --
Henry VI part 2, Henry IV part 1 --
Henry V --
The merry wives of Windsor --
Measure for measure --
As you like it. THE AFTERMATH --
Enter William Shakespeare --
William Shakespeare emerges as an actor --
The Italian years --
Thorpe writes a letter --
A grand Florentine wedding --
"The first night of the Twelfth Night" / Leslie Hotson --
In Illyria --
Wo was Malvolio? --
The noon-hall of Whitehall Palace --
The elizabethan enchantment --
Return from exile. THE BOOK OF THE SONNETS --
The Sonnets listed in their theme-groups --
The themes of the sonnets analysed --
Group A : The sonnets to 'Mr. W.H.' (1587-88) --
Group B : The friendship turns sour (early 1588) --
Group C : First love (1587-88) --
Group D : Three sonnets by the queen's secret agent (1588 and 1589) --
Group E : The commissioned sonnets (1590) --
Group F : Sonnets of exile and anonymity (1593 onwards) --
Group G : Sonnets of vilification (after 1593) --
Group H : To the true patron --
Group I : The poet identified (after 1593) --
Group J : The rival poet : jealousy (1598) --
Group K : The rival poet : reconciliation (1600?) --
Group L : Four problem sonnts --
Group M : Two sonnets of gifts --
Group N : The dark lady (1587-1593?) --
Group O : L'envoy (1609?).
Responsibility: A.D. Wraight.

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"Ever since the book of 154 beautiful poems curiously titled Shakespeares Sonnets was published in 1609 scholars, poets and devoted readers have maintained that they represent Shakespeare's autobiographical testimony, his 'poetic diary' his 'confessional', which tells us about his life, his loves and friendships. Many of the sonnets are, indeed, 'verse-letters' that were written to his dear friend and patron." "Strange then, that all the combined research of Shakespearean scholars has failed to find evidence of any event, person or circumstance in the life of William Shakespeare that relates to the autobiographical story that the Sonnets tell us clearly and often very movingly." "More than twenty sonnet-sequences were written between 1591 and 1598, most of them published in several editions. Only Shakespeares Sonnets were published long after the sonneteering vogue was over in one cryptic edition dedicated to an enigmatic 'Mr. W.H.', with a concluding group addressed to an equally enigmatic 'Dark Lady'." "The Author of The Story That the Sonnets Tell sets out from the premise that no one would have gone to the trouble of publishing a book of autobiographical poems with a heavily cryptic dedication to a mysterious 'Mr W.H.' unless there were something very important to hide!" "Determined to discover the hidden truth she has broken with the longstanding taboo of academic authority concerning Shakespearean research into anything controversial, and has conducted her meticulous investigation independently over a period of thirty years to make the startling discoveries now finally published."--Jacket.

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