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So Long As Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeares Sonnets

So Long As Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeares Sonnets
Author: Clinton Heylin
ISBN 13: 9781458777843
ISBN 10: 1458777847
Edition: N/A
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
Publication Date: 2013-01-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
List Price: $37.99

On the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets comes a fiercely entertaining literary detective story tracing their unusual history

Susan L. Peters - Library Journal

With clear prose and an obvious love for his subject, Heylin (Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades) here celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's sonnets, following the convoluted history of how they came to be published in 1609 and spinning off the tale of subsequent printings, editorial decisions, and the players who made it happen. Shakespeare circulated the sonnets among his friends with no intention of publishing them, since he thought they wouldn't make him any money. Publisher George Eld, a somewhat shady character with a tendency to pirate authors' works, and Thomas Thorpe, an adventurer trying to make a name for himself in the London publishing world, got hold of what were purported to be Shakespeare's sonnets and published them. Following clues, Heylin attempts to answer questions of authorship, how the sonnets were "edited," and who selected their printing sequence. The book ends with all the sonnets in the order and wording set by Thorpe. VERDICT This is more of a literary detective story than a deep analysis of the sonnets themselves that will interest all lovers of Shakespeare and literature.—Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston