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Burgess used Shakespeare as a character in his 1964 novel Nothing Like the Sun but turned a more critical eye to the bard's life in this 1970 outing. The book is at once the story of Shakespeare ... Read full review
A subjective non-scholarly approach to the life, times and work of The Bard. To experts, many of the judgments will be unsubstantiated. For instance, Burgess asserts that the Dark Lady of the sonnets could have been a black woman from North Africa. He also wonders if the second best bed went to wife Anne because he caught her and his younger brother in flagrante delicto. Such speculation – and the author himself calls it “unsound” – will seem idiosyncratic, like Burgess picturing the looks and manners of Shakespeare’s brothers and sisters. Still, it is fun to read even if some conclusions have been superseded by those in Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World. I like the criticism and insights of one professional writer about another.
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