Stanley Wells Shakespeare, Sex, and Love

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Praised as "eloquent, humane, and balanced" (Times Literary Supplement) and "deeply versed in the period, urbane and unflappable in tone, and refreshingly free of ideological agendas" (Financial Times), here is a lively look at Shakespeare's treatment of sexuality in his plays and poems, written by the one of the pre-eminent authorities on the Bard and his work. Renowned Shakespeare critic Stanley Wells draws on historical and anecdotal sources to present an illuminating account of sexual behavior--and its consequences--in Shakespeare's time, particularly in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Wells thoroughly explores this milieu, demonstrating what we know or can deduce about the sexual conventions, sexual mores, and actual sexual behaviors of the day. Wells also explores the ways in which Shakespeare treats sexuality in his plays and how he relates sexuality to love. He covers everything from the fun that Shakespeare gets out of sex in his comedies, to the ways he relates sexual desire to both lust and love, to the play where Shakespeare focused most centrally on issues relating to sex, love, and the relationship between them: Romeo and Juliet.

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Stanley Wells is Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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"This eloquent, humane and balanced book wears its erudition lightly. In doing so it rescues its subject from the overbearing weight of cultural, political and theoretical baggage with which it has often been loaded in the past few decades." --Rob Maslen, TLS 09/09/2010

"Well's subtly and systematically illuminates Shakespeare's acknowledgement of the glory and horror of what it is to be fully human." --Simon Callow, The Guardian 24.04.10

"Concise and elegantly written book." --Simon Callow, The Guardian 24.04.10

Advance Praise: "From bawdy and bed-tricks to same-sex love and the pangs of sexual jealousy, Shakespeare, Sex, and Love offers a magisterial account - by the leading Shakespeare authority of our day - of the subject at the very heart of the plays and poems. Its also a terrific read." James Shapiro, author of 1599

"This eloquent, humane and balanced book wears its erudition lightly." --ITimes Literary Supplement 10/09/2010

"He treads a precise and delicate path through Shakespeare's works" --Rob Maslen,TLS 09/09/2010

"Well-paced and informative book." --John Stubbs, Literary Review 01/05/2010

"[He] captures a great deal of the diversity and freshness of Shakespeare's writing." --John Stubbs, Literary Review 01.05.10

"He is an expert and highly readable guide to the highways and byways of Shakespearean sexuality." --Charles Nicholl, Financial Times 08/05/2010

"This is not a long book, but it draws on Well's decades of close-focus research as a Shakespeare scholar and editor." --Charles Nicholl, Financial Times 08/05/2010

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