'Graham Holderness, who was given Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare as a child, here returns the compliment by writing tales for grown ups - and again shows that he is one of the few academics who can combine scholarship with creativity, criticism with fantasy, historical awareness with commitment to present-day issues. Anyone who thought that there was nothing further to say about the authenticity of the account of shipboard performances of two Shakespeare plays off the coast of Sierra Leone in 1607, or the likelihood of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson collaborating on the King James Bible, will be surprised at what Holderness does with the two controversies.' Lois Potter, University of Delaware
Tales from Shakespeare takes an innovative and engaging look at Shakespeare through a fusion of creative and critical writing. Using four specific examples, Holderness explores the 'collisions' between Shakespeare and contemporary concerns. This book is of vital interest to students, scholars and enthusiasts of Shakespeare, literary criticism and creative writing.