Shakespeare Survey

From The New York Times, an essay briefly reviewing several new books on Shakespeare.  I already called your attention to Brian Vickers’ book on King Lear.  Another one that looks particularly interesting to me is Adam G. Hooks’ Selling Shakespeare.  Although I have not read it, I suspect that Hooks covers at least some of the ground that Samuel Schoenbaum explored so well in his endlessly fascinating tour of Bard biography, Shakespeare’s Lives (1970).  If you read Schoenbaum’s book, you won’t regard the attempts at Shakespeare biography as failures.  I think, too, that Gabriel Josipovici’s Hamlet: Fold on Fold borrows much of the spirit, if not the letter, of Roland Mushat Frye’s The Renaissance Hamlet, a look at the knowledge and assumptions Shakespeare’s audience brought with them when they watched the play.

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