Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Most Outrageous Sexual Puns

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Penguin, Oct 7, 2008 - Humor - 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  - Roger Smith - Goodreads

An introductory microscopic look into Shakespeare's use of the slightly bawdy side of the language. It only really touches on a very small part of it, but is illuminating nonetheless. If you are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nicole Craswell - Goodreads

Definitely entertaining but I have to say a lot of the translations seem like they're reaching in the "filthy" aspects. Random references to sex and genitals are added in seemingly arbitrarily. It's a ... Read full review

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Pauline Kiernan is Leverhulme Research Fellow to study Shakespeare in Performance at Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside.

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