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A Life in Drama

Stanley Wells


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“Stanley Wells commands particular attention. . . .In this new book he surveys with common sense, stylish prose, and the insight that comes from a lifetime of study, all the plays and poems, setting them against what is known of their creator’s life. . . . He is particularly attentive to theatrical values and alludes regularly to modern stage productions.” —Washington Post

Considering the playwright and his work, the author theorizes that Shakespeare's elusive personality is a result of his supremacy as a dramatist—that he submerged his identity in his characters—and assesses evolving meanings of the plays and poems.

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393315622, 428pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 1997