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Ungentle Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1698  Thursday, 5 July 2001

From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 03 Jul 2001 23:06:18 -0700
Subject:        Ungentle Shakespeare?

I just now followed a link from Arts & Letters Daily to Peter Ackroyd's
review in the Times of a new biography of Shakespeare: Ungentle
Shakespeare, by Katherine Duncan-Jones.  The URL is:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,217-2001181477,00.html

Ackroyd includes just enough hints to make one haste to Amazon.com, yet
stops shy of really endorsing it. He does praise D-J's scholarship,
however,  saying she probably knows more about 16th century England than
anyone else alive today. He concludes:

"Even if it is not necessarily an accurate account, it is an impressive
and often persuasive one. Ungentle Shakespeare is a model of lucid
scholarship which tries neither to beatify nor vilify its subject, but
to present him as a living figure in the heat and the dust of the
passing world."

If you read every article it summarizes and follow every link in Arts &
Letters Daily it would take you a week. It's at http://www.aldaily.com.
So you pick and choose: besides this review, I found a review in the
Irish Times of a new bio of John Donne, an expos

 

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