Why this book?
Biographies of Shakespeare are common, but Orlin’s biographical study of key moments in Shakespeare’s life is really wonderful in terms of how she rereads the well-known documents in a fresh light and approaches the many gaps in archival records by tracing ‘evidence clusters’ pertaining to ‘cognate lives’ of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Her reappraisal of the Shakespeares’ marriage and their finances, and of William’s connections to Stratford and (most surprisingly) to Oxford, paints an exciting new picture of the writer’s life.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
A new biography of William Shakespeare that explores his private life in Stratford-upon-Avon, his personal aspirations, his self-determination, and his relations with the members of his family and his neighbours.
The Private Life of William Shakespeare tells the story of Shakespeare in Stratford as a family man. The book offers close readings of key documents associated with Shakespeare and develops a contextual understanding of the genres from which these documents emerge. It reconsiders clusters of evidence that have been held to prove some persistent biographical fables. It also shows how the histories of some of Shakespeare's neighbours illuminate aspects of…