A tantalizing true story of one of literatures most enduring enigmas is at the heart of this lively, even sprightly book (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post)the quest to find the personal library of the worlds greatest writer.
Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the worlds most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeares 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 bards manuscripts, books or letters has ever been found.
The search for Shakespeares 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 librarys 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, Shakespeares Library is a captivating exploration of one of literatures most enduring enigmas.
"An engaging and provocative contribution to the unending world of Shakespeariana . . . An enchanting work that bibliophiles will savor and Shakespeare fans adore." ?