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Shakespeare's Life and Stage Hardcover – Apr 1989

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 1st Edition edition (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550210032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550210036
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,815,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This introduction to Shakespeare presents the known and documented facts of his life in a way that can be easily read and understood.

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Just The Facts, Bard! 10 Oct 2000
By AMH - Published on
Format: Paperback
A real basic introduction to Shakespeare. Burton wants to stick to the facts and to avoid over-speculation. At first he seems to succeed, and his easy-to-read objective prose supports him; and then you begin to notice that he is referring to what Shakespeare thought, what Shakespeare intended, etc, to more than facts. But rather than chastizing Burton for being over-speculative about Shakespeare the man, I chastize him for being over-confident about what the facts mean.

The portrait of Shakespeare that Burton paints is of a highly-competent business-and-family man (whose business was the Elizabethan stage). If this seems incomplete, it's because the facts are incomplete: a few legal and business documents, some performance and publication dates, and various births, marriages, and deaths.
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