Taking seriously the commonplace that a man is known by the company he keepsand particularly by the company he keeps over his lifetimeone can learn more about just about anyone by learning more about his friends. By applying this notion to Shakespeare, this book offers insight into the life of the most famous playwright in history, and one of the most elusive figures in literature. The book consists of sketches of Shakespeare's contact and relationships with the people known to have been close friends or acquaintances, revealing aspects of the poet's life by emphasizing ways in which his life was intertwined with theirs. Though it is difficult to get to know this most famous of playwrights, through this work readers can gain insight into aspects of his life and personality that may otherwise have been hidden.
Shakespeare, more than any other writer in the western world, based much of his work on the consequences of friendship. Given the value placed on friends in his writing, many readers have wondered about the role friendship played in his own life. This work gives readers the chance to learn more about Shakespeare's friends, who they were and what they can tell us about Shakespeare and his times. For instance, Richard Field was a boyhood friend with whom Shakespeare went to school in Stratford. Field became a well-known London printer. The details of Field's life illuminate both the details of Shakespeare's boyhood education and the poet's relationship with the printing, publishing, and book-selling world in London. Francis Collins, a lawyer who represented Shakespeare in a number of legal dealings, drafted both versions of Shakespeare's will. This life-long friend was one of the last men eve to see Shakespeare pick up a pen to write. Through these vivid and animated sketches, readers will come to know about Shakespeare's life and times.
While the book has a lively, accessible narrative tone within chapters, its organization and features make it highly useful to the school library market as well as the academic world. It contains cross references, a detailed Table of Contents and a highly organized structure with uniformity across sections and chapters. The writing is accessible and could be easily used by upper-level high school students looking to augment school assignments.
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About the Author
Kate Emery Pogue is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Drama, University of Houston Downtown. She is a playwright, Shakespearean actress, teacher, producer, and director. For ten years she was the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare-by-the-Book Festival. In addition to the 14 productions she directed for that company, she has directed for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, Bucknell University, Houston Community College, and the University of Houston Downtown. She founded and for 20 years was head of the Drama Department at Houston Community College Central College, and on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she was one of 18 teachers selected nation-wide to participate in the Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare through Performance project.
Table of Contents
FRIENDS IN STRATFORD
The Combe Family
The Nash Family
FRIENDS IN LONDON
Shakespeare and Royalty
Queen Elizabeth I
King James I
Earl of Southampton
Emilia Bassano Lanier
FRIENDS AT WORK
Beaumont and Fletcher
Shareholders and Housekeepers
Anne Digges Russell
Ann Shaw Aspinall
Jaqueline Vautrollier Field
THE FIRST FOLIO
What People are Saying About This
"During a long experience of acting Shakespearewell over 50 productions, from Hamlet in high school in 1950 to Henry IV at Lincoln Center in 2004with some of the greatest stars and best directors in the theater, my aim has always been to make the audience feel as I do, that the playwright is easily accessible to modern audiences. That he is, in fact, an easily made friend. This delightful and fascinating book accomplishes that noble aim most beautifully."
"Shakespeare's Friends is a unique, lively and appealing approach to Shakespeare's life and times. Shakespeare enthusiasts surely will find it useful and entertaining."
"Kate Pogue's new book, Shakespeare's Friends, provides a welcome respite from the swirl of cynicism, sentimentality, myth, and legend surrounding Shakespeare's private life. Pogue is judicious, restrained, and scholarly. True believers and anti-Stratfordians alike will find this an informative and jolly good read."
"Who would have thought there was anything new to know about Shakespeare? Well, there is! Who were his friends? It makes a big difference to know."
"Kate Pogue's provocative investigation into the lives of the real characters in Shakespeare's world offers us richly drawn portraits and anecdotes that illuminate the man behind the plays. Through this book we can imagine a link between his writing and the people who surrounded his life. Shakespeare's Friends is a wonderful addition to any Shakespeare library."
"Kate Pogue's literary detective work adds a vital dimension to our frail knowledge of Shakespeare's life. The book allows us into his time and gives us insights which place him in the context of the vital world of his colleagues and friends."