Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Most Outrageous Sexual Puns

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Penguin, Oct 7, 2008 - Drama - 304 pages
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Celebrating the Bard in all his bawdy glory, an eminent scholar puts the spotlight on the down-and-dirty sexual puns lurking in Shakespeare?s work.

Everyone knows of his matchless understanding of the human condition, but we have been deprived for centuries of the full extent of one of Shakespeare?s most brilliant dramatic devices. Restoring the saucy, often shocking meanings that lie beneath his words, Filthy Shakespeare gives modern readers a tour of the brothels, buggery, trannies, pimps, pricks, and other tawdry references populating his best-known works. The tension between sexual wordplay and politics provides a captivating historical backdrop, while the fascinating facts about life in Will?s England make us see his masterworks in their gritty authenticity.

Revealing and riotously funny, Filthy Shakespeare is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to rediscover the master of the sexual pun at his most inventive.

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User Review  - Murphy-Jacobs - LibraryThing

Did you know that William Shakespeare was constantly restraining f-bombs all through his plays? Did you realize that the Elizabethans were as nearly sex-obsessed as modern Western society appears to ... Read full review

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User Review  - sealford - LibraryThing

Shakespeare may be most noted for his poems and sonnets of adoration, but the Bard also had a rather perverted frame of mind. I found it very interesting that while reading this book, the innuendos began to make perfect sense. Read full review

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Pauline Kiernan spent 10 years in London as a journalist before studying at the University of Oxford, where she took a doctorate in Shakespeare, and went on to teach at several colleges there. Dr. Kiernan is a screenwriter, an award-winning playwright, and a Shakespeare scholar. She is also a creative writing consultant, journalist, and speaker.

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