The Case for Shakespeare

The Case for Shakespeare

The End of the Authorship Question

Book - 2005
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This text brings together sociological, anthropological, and social policy perspectives on the life course with a view to developing the conceptual rigor of the term as well as to exploring the rich range of debates and issues it encompasses. Linking traditional sociological and anthropological concerns with more recent postmodern debates centered on the self, identity, and time, the book integrates theoretical debates about childhood, youth, middle age, and later life with empirical material in an illuminating and innovative way.
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2005
ISBN: 9780275985271
Branch Call Number: PR2937 .M28 2005
Characteristics: xiv, 280 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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May 10, 2013

Too bad the sub-literate little dink from Stratford couldn't even spell his own name while Johnson, Kydd n Fletcher were able to.

crankylibrarian Oct 26, 2011

I picked this up as an antidote to the very silly kid's book _Shakespeare's Secret_, which purports to show that a mysterious diamond "proves" Shakespeare was really Edward de Vere. Unfortunately, the logic of real life "anti-Stratfordians" isn't much sounder.

"Anti-Stratfordians" deal primarily in fantasy, mystical coincidences, and wishful thinking, usually at the expense of logic. McCrea wastes little time on the wackier theories,(Queen Elizabeth? When would she have had the time?) but focuses on the 4 most popular candidates: Francis Bacon, Christoper Marlowe, the Earl of Derby, and Edward de Vere. Rather than merely refute allegations that a small town businessman "couldn't" have known about court life,legal proceedings, or Italy, McCrea points out that all of the middle class, non-university educated writers of the period; Ben Jonson, Thomas Kydd, John Fletcher, used similar references in their work. What's unique about The Author isn't his specific *knowledge* of locations and languages, but the spectacular use he made of them, as well as observations of commonplace, everyday life and relationships. A university education and noble ancestry could never "explain" Shakespeare; genius is by definition a mystery.

A lively, engaging read.


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