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The Secret Drama of Shakespeare's Sonnets


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108000901

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  • Gerald Massey's work of 1888 presented a strong argument against the many theorists who viewed Shakespeare's Sonnets as autobiographical – 'a permanent reply to Shakespeare's misinterpreters'. Beginning by outlining the known background and context of the Sonnets, Massey proceeds to wage what he terms his 'battle against fictions, fallacies, forgeries, and groundless assumptions'. Who were the Sonnets addressed to, if anyone, and what is the significance of the inscription in the edition of 1609? What is the correct arrangement of the Sonnets, and why did Shakespeare himself give personal testimony to their 'purity'? Following detailed descriptions of the many different theories, Massey provides close readings and analysis of the Sonnets themselves to dispute the autobiographical claims, and to demonstrate that the Sonnets are 'partly personal and partly dramatic'.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108000901
    • length: 496 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preliminary account of the sonnets
    2. Lues Browniana
    3. Primary facts and fundamental fallacies
    4. Personal sonnets 1-13
    5. Personal sonnets 14–26
    6. Personal sonnets 38
    7. Dramatic sonnets 29–31
    8. Personal sonnet 32
    9. Dramatic sonnets 33–42
    10. Dramatic sonnet 144
    11. Personal sonnet 39
    12. Dramatic sonnets 36–56
    13. Personal Sonnets 53–65
    14. Dramatic sonnets 66–69
    15. Personal sonnets 70
    16. Personal sonnets 71–77
    17. Personal sonnet 78–86
    18. Dramatic sonnets 87–93
    19. Dramatic sonnets 94–96
    20. Dramatic sonnets 97–99
    21. Personal sonnets 100–108
    22. Dramatic sonnets 109–122
    23. Personal sonnet 116
    24. Dramatic sonnets 123–125
    25. Personal sonnet 107
    26. Personal sonnet 115
    27. Fragment of a personal sonnet 126
    28. Dramatic sonnets 127–154
    29. Reprint of the sonnets
    30. Summary of Conclusions
    Part II. Biographia Literaria:
    31. Shakespeare's Southampton
    32. Sidney's Stella
    33. Shakespeare and Bacon
    34. The man Shakespeare and his private friends.

  • Author

    Gerald Massey

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