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The Truth About William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction&hellip by David Ellis
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David Ellis is obviously appalled at the standard of biography when the life of William Shakespeare is tackled. Sometimes he feels like the little boy who pointed out that the Emperor has no clothes on. As an experienced biographer, though not of Shakespeare, he points out that anyone seeking to be a biographer has to become a historian. "This simple truth ought to serve as a reminder that writing biography should be subject to strict conditions and that..... none of these is met in the case of Shakespeare (p.4)" At one blow he demolishes by name the claims to academic respectability of Duncan Jones, Bate, Weis, Greenblatt and Shapiro. He mercilessly exposes their methods : for instance… Read more