A Hidden Life Sung in a Hidden Song
New revelations will enthral the world of literature in this book – the product of a fresh investigation into William Shakespeare and his Sonnets.
Here are discovered affairs between Shakespeare's aristocratic patron and three of his lovers, including Shakespeare himself. Not only that, but there’s a compelling new explanation for the strange death of Christopher Marlowe…
This groundbreaking anthology reveals its secrets in two sections. Part 1 gives readers an overview of the story, existing theories and new evidence. Part 2 presents each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets with expansive commentary and a modern interpretation for easy assimilation.
For scholars and those of an academic mind, there are footnotes and appendices of primary evidence in support of the findings. Fans of history, literature and Shakespeare alike will love the shocking revelations this book contains and the general audience will find it fascinating.
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Here is some early feedback from three readers, widely ranged in their knowledge of the subject and in what they sought from the book.
Reader A: "I am really impressed with the content, with the research you have done, the scholarly work and the logical conclusions. And for the first time, I feel I know what, or rather who, are the subjects. I like the more modern translations you have made."
Reader B: “The most interesting part of this book is surely Part I: The Truth of the Sonnets. Here the author discusses and challenges the various theories concerning the identities of “the fair friend” and “the dark mistress”, even the theories regarding the identity of the poet himself. Ian Steere establishes, convincingly so, that the young aristocrat beloved by Shakespeare, and to whom most of the sonnets were written, is in fact Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton. The evidence given is not just literary but but also historical and anecdotal.”
Reader C: “What a great title! The book lives up to its tantalizing name. At last a book on Shakespeare that combines readability and scholarship. It is meticulously and scrupulously researched, with a sharp eye for detail and brimming with new ideas. Ian Steere reminds us of Shakespeare's never-ending ability to intrigue and surprise - even in the 21st century.
Clarity and enthusiasm are hallmarks of this book. I found the section on the sonnets particularly useful and A level students will find it a valuable resource in their studies... Teachers and students alike will appreciate such clearness. I have recommended this book to my colleagues in the teaching profession.”
I haven't read this but I just realised it was written by my uncle, Awesome.
This book was very interesting I have to say. It was full of thought and emotion! I couldn't keep my eyes off the pages. His sonnets were so moving and he was a very talented writer(;
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