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The fictional lives of Shakespeare

Author: Kevin Gilvary
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Modern biographies of William Shakespeare abound; however, close scrutiny of the surviving records clearly show that there is insufficient material for a cradle to grave account of his life, that most of what is written about him cannot be verified from primary sources, and that Shakespearean biography did not attain scholarly or academic respectability until long after Samuel Schoenbaum published William  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Gilvary
ISBN: 9781351186056 1351186051
OCLC Number: 1015674805
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Chapter Introduction --
The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 1 Biography --
Much Practice, Little Theory / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 2 Gaps in Our Ignorance --
The Biographical Material for William Shakespeare / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 3 Inventing the Myths --
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 4 Doubting the Myths --
Malone’s Unwritten Life of Shakespeare / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 5 Filling in the Gaps --
Constructing a Life of Shakespeare: 1805–1975 / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 6 Re-Imagining the Life --
Samuel Schoenbaum / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 7 After Schoenbaum / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 8 Inventing a Patron --
The Earl of Southampton / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter 9 Inventing a Rival --
Ben Jonson / Kevin Gilvary --
chapter Conclusions and Inconclusions / Kevin Gilvary.
Responsibility: Kevin Gilvary.

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"Modern biographies of William Shakespeare abound; however, close scrutiny of the surviving records clearly show that there is insufficient material for a cradle to grave account of his life, that most of what is written about him cannot be verified from primary sources, and that Shakespearean biography did not attain scholarly or academic respectability until long after Samuel Schoenbaum published William Shakespeare A Documentary Life in 1975. This study begins with a short survey of the history and practice of biography and then surveys the very limited biographical material for Shakespeare. Although Shakespeare gradually attained the status as a national hero during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there were no serious attempts to reconstruct his life. Any attempt at an account of his life or personality amounts, however, merely to "biografiction". Modern biographers differ sharply on Shakespeare's apparent relationships with Southampton and with Jonson, which merely underlines the fact that the documentary record has to be greatly expanded through contextual description and speculation in order to appear like a Life of Shakespeare."--Provided by publisher.

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