Shakespeare's Self-portrait: Passages from His Work

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University Press of America, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
Shakespeare is the most autobiographical of all the Elizabethan dramatistsóthe only one of them to write his autobiography, during the crucial years of his life, in the Sonnets. Shakespeare reveals himself throughout his work as in his Sonnets and, strangely enough, no one before has thought of bringing this home to us, as in this revealing and original book in which Shakespeare speaks for himself. In this Self-Portrait Shakespeare stands clear before us in all his associations, family, professional, social, in the proper perspective of the life and events of his time.

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Contents

Family
8
Sport
14
On Himself
23
Gentility
35
Actors and Acting
49
Touring
60
Emilia Lanier
79
Love
87
Places He Knew
106
The Court
117
Contemporary Persons
128
Tastes
135
The People
147
Characteristic Reflections
163
Shakespeares Will
181
Copyright

On Poetry
96

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About the author (1985)

A. L. Rowse is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College in Oxford. The foremost authority on the Elizabethan age, Rowse has written the standard biography, Shakespeare the Man. He has also authored Memories of Men and Women (UPA, 1984).

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