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Charles Nicholl THE LODGER Signed First Edition

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First UK edition, first print hardback of Shakespeare on Silver Street published by Allen Lane in 2007. Signed by the author on the title page
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First UK edition, first print hardback of THE LODGER Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl, published by Allen Lane - Penguin Group, London, in 2007. Signed by the author on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean beige boards with black lettering on the spine) with minor wear to the dust jacket which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and other inscriptions.

A masterpiece of biographical investigation by award winner Charles Nicholl - a historian, biographer and travel writer.

From the jacket blurb:

'One Mr Shakespeare that lay in the house.'

"In 1612 Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster - it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine - a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry - but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist's famously obscure life-story. Some eight years earlier, we learn that Shakespeare was lodging in the house of a French immigrant family, the Mountjoys - in Cripplegate area of London. And while there he was called on by his landlady to 'persuade' the family's former apprentice to marry their daughter.

Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but oddly neglected episode in Shakespeare's life. Marshalling evidence from a wide variety of sources, including previously unknown documentary material on the Mountjoys, he conjures up a detailed and compelling description of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked, and in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear. Nicholl also throws new light on the puzzling story of Shakespeare's collaboration with hack-author and brothel-keeper George Wilkins.

In this subtle and atmospheric exploration of Shakespeare at forty, we see him not from the viewpoint of literary greatness, but in the humdrum and very human context of Silver Street, where to the maid of the house he was merely 'one Mr Shakespeare', renting the room upstairs. In The Lodger, one of the celebrated literary detectives of our day has created something all too rare - a fresh and original book about Shakespeare."

377 pages. Illustrated with 16 half-tone plates from old prints.

ISBN: 0 713 99890 0

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  • Weight:
    0.9kg
  • Product Code:
    1171
  • Condition:
    Used
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