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Conceptions of Shakespeare

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$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674497276

Publication Date: 01/01/1967

164 pages


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The rumors, controversies, and endless “discoveries” associated with Shakespeare have little relation to the man and his work; instead, they reflect what Alfred Harbage calls “the Shakespearean afterimage,” the changing perspectives of successive generations, each of which tends to create a Shakespeare of its own. Harbage discusses the impact of Shakespeare and his works on biographers, critics, actors, directors, theatergoers, and moral philosophers in the dramatist’s own era and thereafter. With incisive wit, he exposes, for example, the critical folly of the anti-Stratfordians, those who believe that the works were written by someone other than Shakespeare.

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