Shakespeare’s wife by Germaine Greer, a book review

March 31, 2008 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Biography, Books, Reviews | Leave a comment

Shakespeare’s wife by Germaine GreerDrawing on her vast knowledge of Shakespeare and Elizabethan times, Germaine Greer has written a scholarly but very interesting book on Ann Hathaway. She forms a picture that is quite different from the accepted view of Ann’s place in Shakespeare’s life.

Instead of an older (26) woman seducing a handsome young (18) Shakespeare, a hateful marriage and time spent mostly apart, Greer puts the few known facts firmly in the perspective of the times.

She portrays Ann as an intelligent, independent woman who runs the family home and business, and raises the children in her husband’s absence.

I did skim through some of this, especially the quotes, but I recommend Shakespeare’s Wife to anyone who enjoys history, Shakespeare and/or Greer’s witty style of writing.

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