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A Stratford man

The enterprising young Shakespeare
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April 2022, no. 441
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The Private Life of William Shakespeare by Lena Cowen Orlin

Oxford University Press, £30 hb, 442 pp

A Stratford man

The enterprising young Shakespeare
by
April 2022, no. 441
A portrait of William Shakespeare engraved by Martin Droeshout in 1623 (Wikimedia Commons)
A portrait of William Shakespeare engraved by Martin Droeshout in 1623 (Wikimedia Commons)

The basic facts of William Shakespeare’s life – his baptism, early marriage, three children, shareholder status in his playing company, acquisition of a coat of arms, purchase of New Place in Stratford, and his death in 1616 – are well known. Is there anything new to say?

David McInnis reviews 'The Private Life of William Shakespeare' by Lena Cowen Orlin

The Private Life of William Shakespeare

by Lena Cowen Orlin

Oxford University Press, £30 hb, 442 pp

Buy this book

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  • Research such as Lena Cowen Orlin’s became irrelevant when Brenda James discovered that Sir Henry Neville was the true author of Shakespeare’s work. See ‘The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare’ by Brenda James and William Rubinstein, 2005, and later published research supporting that discovery.
    Posted by Tony Minchin
    01 March 2022