The British love their little jokes, and they love big ones even more.
Who was Shakespeare? In an intellectual sensation that went through three printings in the first year, a Moscow scholar presents a solidly documented work showing how little actual evidence there is of Shakespeare, the man; that the William Shakespeare we know was functionally illiterate and entirely uneducated; and why, according to so much real evidence, the 5th Earl of Rutland and his colleagues wrote nearly all of the "Shakespeare" oeuvre. It is just plain silly to go on maintaining that the charlatan and wheeler-dealer Will Shakespeare could have been the Bard.
If “Shakespeare” didn’t exist, would primitive, provincial England have had to invent him? They had every motive to do so: Producing a body of "national literature" virtually overnight, they flew closer to the enviably brilliant cultures of Italy and France; and in the centuries since, they have invented a whole industry to cash in on the Shakespeare myth.
About the Author
Dr. Ilya Gililov served as Secretary of the Shakespeare Committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences for many years, and he has conducted research as a visiting fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.
He compiled the Russian Shakespeare Readings edition and is author of numerous books and scholarly articles on problems in Shakespeare studies. This is his first book to appear in English.
About the Book
Gililov, Secretary of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Shakespeare Committee, sets out in intricate detective-novel detail why he believes the fifth Earl of Rutland and his wife actually wrote Shakespeare's work.
Ilya Gililov’s book The Shakespeare Game, or The Mystery of the Great Phoenix was originally published in Russia and quickly went through several printings, becoming an intellectual bestseller. It has been covered by some hundred reviews, interviews and comments in the press, on the radio and TV. For an academic book, it turns...
LC Classification: PR2947.R8G555
Dewey code: 822.3'3—dc21
Price: USD 29.95
Price: USD 48.95
Price: USD 48.95