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Selling Shakespeare
Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade

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  • Date Published: February 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107138070

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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.

    • Offers new evidence to show how and why Shakespeare's works were first printed and sold
    • Provides a new critical method that shifts attention from Shakespeare to the publishers and booksellers who sold his works
    • Introduces an alternate form of dramatic criticism to show how booksellers were the first biographers and bibliographers
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107138070
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction – a life in print: toward a Shakespearean bio-bibliography
    1. Shakespeare's poems and Shakespeare's printer: Richard Field and the narratives of Shakespearean authorship
    2. Sweet and swaggering: Shakespeare's plays, Playfere's sermons, and their publisher Andrew Wise
    3. 'All in one volume': Shakespeare's quartos, the First Folio, and their printer William Jaggard
    4. Making plays: booksellers and the bio-bibliography of Shakespeare.

  • Author

    Adam G. Hooks, University of Iowa
    Adam G. Hooks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, where his research and teaching focus on Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, and the history of the book. He has several publications on Shakespeare, the book trade, and the First Folio, and has received awards from the Shakespeare Association of America, the Bibliographical Society of America, and Rare Book School. He runs the book history website Anchora at www.adamghooks.net.

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