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  • Collection: Past is Prologue : The Bard

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After much debate about the chronology of Shakespeare’s works, Head attempts to assign a timeline based upon the significance of repeated references to insomnia in his plays. The author suggests that these allusions are prevalent because…

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Raphael Holinshed intended his “universal cosmographie” to serve as both a comprehensive geographical and historical description and a testament to the growing influence and prestige of English scholarship. This edition was heavily censored after…

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Raphael Holinshed intended his “universal cosmographie” both as a comprehensive geographical and historical description and as a testament to the growing influence and prestige of English scholarship. This edition was heavily censored after…

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Shakespeare and Jonson were mutual admirers of each other's works. This publication of Jonson’s nine works in one volume established the idea of plays as serious literature worthy of scholarly attention. The publication of Shakespeare’s First…

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Fanny Kemble drew from her many experiences starring in Shakespeare’s plays to write this book. Kemble was a prolific diarist and published her journals she authored while traveling abroad. Her other publications include Records of a Girlhood…

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Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) was an English statesman, author, social philosopher, and Lord Chancellor. He was executed by Henry VIII for his opposition to the King's schism with the Catholic Church. Shakespeare was very familiar with More’s…

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As a child, Shakespeare attended King's New School in Stratford where he was instructed in Latin literature and history. The classic poets he studied in his youth greatly influenced his work. He was particularly fond of Virgil and Ovid; the latter…

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This book includes 112 full-plate photogravures and several hundred additional lithographs of Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century. The photogravure process is a late-nineteenth-century technique whereby paper reproductions are made from…

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Raleigh wrote this history while imprisoned in the Tower of London from 1603 to 1616 for his alleged role in the plot to remove King James I from the throne. It was published after his first expedition to the New World. Masked within the recounting…

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An unusual contribution to the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy, Man v’ Ape is, with great license, a copiously annotated edition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Samuels uses numeric, symbolic, linguistic, and Biblical interpretations to posit that Francis…
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