Shakespeare's Wife

by Germaine Greer | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780747591702 Global Overview for this book
Registered by taniazed on 10/5/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by taniazed on Friday, October 5, 2007
Little is known of the wife of England's greatest playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been interpreted as evidence that she was nothing more than an unfortunate mistake from which Shakespeare did well to distance himself.

Yet Shakespeare is above all the poet of marriage. Before Shakespeare there were few comedies or tragedies of wooing and and wedding. Tragedies were not about loving 'not wisely but too well' but about the fall of illustrious men. Comedies were not about the pitfalls that lay in wait along the path of true love but about getting away with adultery. Again and again in Shakespeare's plays constant wives redeem unjust and deluded husbands, but scholars persist in believing that Shakespeare's own wife was no help to him and even that he hated her.

In Shakespeare's Wife Germaine Greer combines literary-historical techniques with documentary evidence about life in Stratford, striving to re-embed the story of Shakespeare's marriage in its social context. Though the suggestions made in this book are certainly daring, against such a carefully researched background they appear less improbable than the prejudices so freely expressed by Shakespearean scholars.

Shakespeare's Wife is a compelling, insightful book that already goes some way to right the wrongs done to Ann Shakespeare.

Journal Entry 2 by taniazed on Sunday, October 14, 2007

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