Shakespeare on Silver StreeteBook - 2008
In 1612 Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster -- it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine -- a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry -- but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist's famously obscure life-story. Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating episode in Shakespeare's life. Marshalling evidence from a wide variety of sources, including previously unknown documentary material on the Mountjoys, he conjures up a detailed and compelling description of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked, and in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure and King Lear.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2008.
Characteristics: 1 online resource