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Author Duncan-Jones, Katherine, author.

Title Portraits of Shakespeare / Katherine Duncan-Jones.

Publication Info. Oxford : Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    822.33 F DUN    Available
Description 126 pages : color illustrations ; 22cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes blbliographical references and index.
Summary "We admire Shakespeare for his works, not necessarily his appearance. And yet it seems to matter greatly to us how a writer of Shakespeare's stature looked. Even within Shakespeare's lifetime there was curiosity about what the writer of such brilliant poems, sonnets and plays looked like. Yet like so much else about him, Shakespeare's appearance is mysterious. Again and again, the three earliest surviving images of the great poet-playwright have been viewed as artistically disappointing and frustratingly unrevealing in terms of the playwright's 'real-life' appearance, and have left his admirers hungry for something better. Can we be certain that none of the surviving images of Shakespeare originate from his life-time? Do the 'author-portraits' made of his contemporaries, such as Ben Jonson, shed any light on this mysterious absence? Are there any useful clues to be found in places other than Stratford, such as Oxford and London? And can these three portraits, together with many imitations, commemorative effigies and memorials, tell us anything about the life of the poet-playwright?--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Portraits.
Dramatists, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Portraits.
Added Author Bodleian Library, issuing body.
ISBN 1851244050

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