The Quest for Shakespeare

The Peculiar History and Surprising Legacy of the New Shakspere Society
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017 2018. Buch. xxvii, 164 S.: Bibliographien. Softcover
Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-319-84011-6
Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm
Gewicht: 258 g
In englischer Sprache
This book traces the formation and impact of the New Shakspere Society, created in 1873, which dedicated itself to solving the mysteries of Shakespeare’s authorship by way of science. This promise, however, was undermined not only by the antics of its director, Frederick J. Furnivall, but also by the inexactitudes of the tests. Jeffrey Kahan puzzles out how a society geared towards science quickly devolved into a series of grudge matches. Nonetheless, the New Shakspere Society set the bibliographical and biographical agenda for the next century—an unusual legacy for an organization that was rife with intrigue, enmity, and incompetence; lives were ruined, lawyers consulted, and scholarship (mostly bad) produced and published.
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Explores the mysterious yet influential society known as the Shakespere Society created in 1873 by Frederick J. Furnivall Traces the history of the society’s formation and its eventual impact on the subsequent cultural approach to Shakespeare Shows the compelling yet complicated history of the relationship between art, politics, and science