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Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade

Adam G. Hooks

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ISBN 10: 1107138078 / ISBN 13: 9781107138070
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2016
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Title: Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliography...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Selling Shakespeare tells a story of Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. The interests and investments of publishers and booksellers have defined our ideas of what is 'Shakespearean', and attending to their interests demonstrates how one version of Shakespearean authorship surpassed the rest. In this book, Adam G. Hooks identifies and examines four pivotal episodes in Shakespeare's life in print: the debut of his narrative poems, the appearance of a series of best-selling plays, the publication of collected editions of his works, and the cataloguing of those works. Hooks also offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name.

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Selling Shakespeare provides a new history of Shakespeare's life and career in print, showing how the book trade created our modern idea of Shakespeare. It will appeal to scholars and students interested in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and culture, drama, the history of literary criticism, book history, and readership studies.

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