Shakespeare’s Library by Stuart Kells audiobook

Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature

By Stuart Kells
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Blackstone Publishing 9781640091832
8.70 Hours 1
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From acclaimed author and ardent bibliophile Stuart Kells comes an exploration of the quest to find the personal library of the world’s greatest writer. Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the world’s most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeare’s library, is a mystery. For four centuries people have searched for it: in mansions, palaces, and libraries; in riverbeds, sheep pens, and partridge coops; and in the corridors of the mind. Yet no trace of the Bard’s manuscripts, books, or letters has ever been found. The search for Shakespeare’s library is much more than a treasure hunt. Knowing what the Bard read informs our reading of his work, and it offers insight into the mythos of Shakespeare and the debate around authorship. The library’s fate has profound implications for literature, for national and cultural identity, and for the global Shakespeare industry. It bears on fundamental principles of art, identity, history, meaning, and truth. Unfolding the search like the mystery story that it is, acclaimed author Stuart Kells follows the trail of the hunters, taking us through different conceptions of the library and of the man himself. Entertaining and enlightening, Shakespeare’s Library is a captivating exploration of one of literature’s most enduring enigmas.

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Summary

From acclaimed author and ardent bibliophile Stuart Kells comes an exploration of the quest to find the personal library of the world’s greatest writer.

Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the world’s most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeare’s library, is a mystery. For four centuries people have searched for it: in mansions, palaces, and libraries; in riverbeds, sheep pens, and partridge coops; and in the corridors of the mind. Yet no trace of the Bard’s manuscripts, books, or letters has ever been found.

The search for Shakespeare’s library is much more than a treasure hunt. Knowing what the Bard read informs our reading of his work, and it offers insight into the mythos of Shakespeare and the debate around authorship. The library’s fate has profound implications for literature, for national and cultural identity, and for the global Shakespeare industry. It bears on fundamental principles of art, identity, history, meaning, and truth.

Unfolding the search like the mystery story that it is, acclaimed author Stuart Kells follows the trail of the hunters, taking us through different conceptions of the library and of the man himself. Entertaining and enlightening, Shakespeare’s Library is a captivating exploration of one of literature’s most enduring enigmas.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Riveting…To read, or not to read? Here, there’s no question!” Booklist (starred review)
Shakespeare fans will surely be riveted by the new information brought to light in Kells’s rich literary survey.” Publishers Weekly
“An enjoyable excursion into Shakespearean (and non-Shakespearean) booklore.” Library Journal
“An enchanting work that bibliophiles will savor and Shakespeare fans adore.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Stuart Kells

Author Bio: Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells is an author and historian. His history of Penguin Books, Penguin and the Lane Brothers, won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize. His book The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s General History Prize and has been published around the world in multiple languages.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English