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Shakespeare's Letters

Alan Stewart


William Shakespeare's plays are stuffed with letters — 111 appear on stage in all but five of his dramas. But for modern actors, directors, and critics they are frequently an awkward embarrassment. This book shows how and why Shakespeare put letters on stage in virtually all of his plays. By reconstructing the very different uses to which letters were put in Shakespeare's time, and recapturing what it meant to write, send, receive, read, and archive a letter, this book throws new light on some of his most familiar dramas. Early modern letters were not private missives sent through an anonymous ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's letters, Hamlet, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Part One

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Stewart, author
Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, London