The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography, 1st Edition

  • Paul Edmondson
  • Stanley Wells
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  • ISBN-10: 1316405311
  • ISBN-13: 9781316405314
  • DDC: 822.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This original and enlightening book casts fresh light on Shakespeare by examining the lives of his relatives, friends, fellow-actors, collaborators and patrons both in their own right and in relation to his life. Well-known figures such as Richard Burbage, Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton are freshly considered; little-known but relevant lives are brought to the fore, and revisionist views are expressed on such matters as Shakespeare's wealth, his family and personal relationships, and his social status. Written by a distinguished team, including some of the foremost biographers, writers and Shakespeare scholars of today, this enthralling volume forms an original contribution to Shakespearian biography and Elizabethan and Jacobean social history. It will interest anyone looking to learn something new about the dramatist and the times in which he lived. A supplementary website offers imagined first-person audio accounts from the featured subjects.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
The Shakespeare Circle.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface and Acknowledgements.
General Introduction.
1: His Mother Mary Shakespeare.
2: His Father John Shakespeare.
3: His Siblings.
4: His Sister's Family: The Harts.
5: His Wife Anne Shakespeare and The Hathaways.
6: His Daughter Susanna Hall.
7: His Son-in-Law John Hall.
8: His Son Hamnet Shakespeare.
9: His Daughter Judith and The Quineys.
10: His Granddaughter Lady Elizabeth Barnard.
11: His ‘Cousin’: Thomas Greene.
Friends and Neighbours.
12: A Close Family Connection: The Combes.
13: Schoolfriend, Publisher and Printer Richard Field.
14: Living with the Mountjoys.
15: Ben Jonson.
16: Richard Barnfield, John Weever, William Basse and Other Encomiasts.
17: Last Things: Shakespeare's Neighbours and Beneficiaries.
18: Colleagues and Patrons.
His Fellow Dramatists and Early Collaborators.
19: His Theatre Friends: The Burbages.
20: His Fellow Actors Will Kemp, Robert Armin and Other Members of the Lord Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men.
21: His Literary Patrons.
22: His Collaborator George Wilkins.
23: His Collaborator Thomas Middleton.
24: His Collaborator John Fletcher.
25: His Editors John Heminges and Henry Condell.
Closing Remarks.