This a short biography, a primer for students who know little about Shakespeare. It uses an unusual literary device to teach. A sort of play. With characters in Shakespeare's family, and his fellow players in London. All is based on facts as we know them. No movie "Anonymous" here, that is, fantasy. The dialogue is of my own imagination and modern in tone, but there are no contra indications, i.e., nothing that you have to suspend your disbelief ab out. In other words, it works as a teaching tool. There are also the usual: tables, a map of the Stratford area, and a few short essays, one about Shakespeare's family, and one about the so-called "Authorship Question". The author's main hope that the Primer will present Shakespeare in a light he is not usually seen in: that is, as a simple human being who was blessed with an incredible literary power and grasp of human nature. He was not a god, as he was though of by some in the 19th century, nor was he an illiterate boob, or a simple money-lender. He wrote the plays that bear his name, and the facts in this book will leave very little doubt in any student's mind who considers it reasonably.
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"The Shakespeare Files", was originally intended to be a scholarly work of many hundred pages. Charts, tables were it's main content. It's purpose was to provide so much information that the write of Shakespeare's plays was Shakespeare himself, that no unbiased, neutral reader would think otherwise. Problems putting such a large book up, the expense, and time, left the book on a shelf in my den. Until I decided to edit it, and condense it, so it was not for scholars, but a primer for younger students of Shakespeare, to give them a firm footing with a short book. I have another book up on Amazon, "Pure Shakespeare", Best of the Bard, Editorial Reviews: "A great read...I knew the man and loved him this side of idolatry...I'm in the book, as I should be. I made him who he was! Ben Jonson "An upstart crow. Thought he could write as well as we guys who went to Oxford and Cambridge. Who will remember him in the future?" Robert Green "Not bad, but no comparison to my works." Kit Marlowe "I wish he'd visit us in Stratford more often." Ann Shakspere "An intelligent first book on Shakespeare from a fellow who really knows his stuff." Bruce J. Robbins "He didn't edit it very well." Anonymous
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