- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-1327-6
- Pages: 224
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £70.00
- Published Date: January 2017
- BIC Category: Theatre Studies, Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature: history & criticism, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, Ireland, English, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, HISTORY / Historiography, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literature & literary studies / General
This book shows that William Shakespeare was a more personal writer than any of his innumerable commentators have realised. It asserts that numerous characters and events were drawn from the author's life, and puts faces to the names of Jaques, Touchstone, Feste, Jessica, the 'Dark Lady' and others.
Steven Sohmer explores aspects of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets that have been hitherto overlooked or misinterpreted in an effort to better understand the man and his work. If you've ever wondered who Pigrogromitus was, or why Jaques spies on Touchstone and Audrey - or what the famous riddle M.O.A.I. stands for - this is the book for you.
Steve Sohmer is a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford