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Author Orlin, Lena Cowen, author.

Title The private life of William Shakespeare / Lena Cowen Orlin
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xii, 430 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Cover -- The Private Life of William Shakespeare -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Colour Plates -- Figures -- Introduction: 26 April 1564 -- 1: 23 January 1577: Shakespeare's Father -- John Shakespeare's Public Place -- John Shakespeare in Hiding -- The Misfortunes of John Shakespeare -- John Shakespeare's Son -- 2: 27 November 1582: Shakespeare's Wedding -- The Misadventures of William Trowte -- The Found Years -- Enter Anne Shakespeare -- A Licence to Wed -- 3: 4 May 1597: Shakespeare's Home -- The Story of the Shakespeare Letter -- The Occupations of Elizabeth Quiney -- The Occupations of Anne Shakespeare -- The Shakespeare Investments -- Shakespeare's Study -- 4: 25 March 1616: Shakespeare's Will -- 'My Last Will and Testament' -- 'To Perform ˜is My Will' -- 'Unto My Wife' -- 'My Second- Best Bed with the Furniture' -- 'By Me William Shakspear' -- 5: 25 April 1616: Shakespeare's Monument -- Interventions -- The Shakespeare Family Graves -- Shakespeare's Sculptor -- The Shakespeare Type -- Shakespeare at Oxford -- Shakespeare's Designs -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations and Conventions -- Abbreviations 1 -- Abbreviations 2: Collections of Probate Documents -- Appendix I: Shakespeare in the West Midlands -- Appendix II: The Quiney Papers -- Appendix III: Shakespeare's Last Will -- Appendix IV: Shakespeare's Earlier Will -- Appendix V: The 'Shakespeare' Type of Funerary Monuments -- Cushioned Monuments of the 'Shakespeare' Type -- Variations on Cushioned Monuments of the 'Shakespeare' Type -- Selected Demi-Figure Monuments without Cushions -- Appendix VI: Materials Cited from Shakespeare Documented -- Endnotes -- Notes to Introduction -- Notes to Chapter 1 -- Notes to Chapter 2 -- Notes for Chapter 3 -- Notes to Chapter 4 -- Notes for Chapter 5 -- Index
Summary Breathes new life into Shakespeare's story by establishing fresh interpretations of his baptism; evidence pertaining to his father; his wedding; his home; his will; and his monument
A new biography of William Shakespeare that explores his private life in Stratford-upon-Avon, his personal aspirations, his self-determination, and his relations with the members of his family and his neighbours. The book is based in exacting archival research. It suggests the impact upon the young Shakespeare of his father's business failures, why he wed at age 18, the ways in which his marriage made a career in the theatre possible, how he acquired property and lived as a gentleman, and what it meant that he left his wife Anne Hathaway his 'second-best bed'. The approach is fresh, historical, and feminist
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 18, 2022)
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Family.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Dramatists, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Biography
Manners and customs
Dramatists, English -- Early modern -- Biography
England -- Social life and customs -- 16th century.
England -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192661401