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A. L. Rowse (1903–1997)

Autor/a de William Shakespeare: A Biography

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Alfred Leslie Rowse was a British author and historian. He was born at Tregonissey in 1903. He is known for his work in Elizabethan England and his poetry about Cornwall. He graduated with first class honours in 1925 and was elected a Fellow of All Souls College the same year. In 1929, he was mostra'n més awarded his Master of Arts degree, and in 1927 was appointed Lecturer at Merton College, where he stayed until 1930. He became a Lecturer at the London School of Economics. Rowse published about 100 books. He also became a celebrated author and much-travelled lecturer in the mid-20th century, especially in the United States. He also published many popular articles in newspapers and magazines in Great Britain and the United States. In 1963 Rowse began to concentrate on Shakespeare, starting with a biography in which he claimed to have dated all the sonnets. In 1973 he published Shakespeare the Man, in which he claimed to have solved the final problem the identity of the 'Dark Lady': from a close reading of the sonnets and the diaries of Simon Forman, he asserted that she must have been Emilia Lanier, whose poems he would later collect. He suggested that Shakespeare had been influenced by the feud between the Danvers and Long families in Wiltshire, when he wrote Romeo and Juliet. A.L. Rowse passed away on October 3, 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de A. L. Rowse

William Shakespeare: A Biography (1963) 303 exemplars
The England of Elizabeth (1950) 256 exemplars
A Man of Singular Virtue (1979) — Editor — 183 exemplars
The use of history (1946) 93 exemplars
A Cornish Childhood (1942) 87 exemplars
Heritage of Britain (1977) 84 exemplars
Shakespeare the Man (1973) 84 exemplars
The Early Churchills (1956) 77 exemplars
The Story of Britain (1979) 69 exemplars
The Elizabethans and America (1959) 60 exemplars
The English Spirit (1944) 52 exemplars
The Annotated Shakespeare Volume I: The Comedies (1978) — Editor — 48 exemplars
The Later Churchills (1958) 44 exemplars
Eminent Elizabethans (1983) 40 exemplars
Christopher Marlowe (1964) 39 exemplars
Westminster Abbey (1972) 35 exemplars
Tudor Cornwall (1941) 31 exemplars
Shakespeare's Sonnets (1964) — Editor — 29 exemplars
Jonathan Swift (1975) 29 exemplars
The Elizabethan Age (2012) 29 exemplars
In Shakespeare's Land (1986) 27 exemplars
Ralegh and the Throckmortons (1962) 26 exemplars
The Diaries of A.L. Rowse (2003) 25 exemplars
Historians I Have Known (1995) 22 exemplars
The Spirit of English History (1943) 20 exemplars
West-Country Stories (1945) 17 exemplars
A Cornish Anthology (1968) 16 exemplars
A History of France (1953) 16 exemplars
A Cornishman at Oxford (1965) 15 exemplars
The Byrons and Trevanions (1978) 14 exemplars
Memories and Glimpses (1986) 13 exemplars
Glimpses of the Great (1985) 13 exemplars
A Quartet Of Cornish Cats (1986) 11 exemplars
All Souls in My Time (1993) 11 exemplars
A CORNISH WAIF'S STORY (1954) 10 exemplars
Shakespeare the Elizabethan (1977) 10 exemplars
The Little Land of Cornwall (1986) 10 exemplars
A Man of the Thirties (1979) 9 exemplars
A Cornishman Abroad (1976) 8 exemplars
Three Cornish Cats (1978) 8 exemplars
The End of an Epoch (1947) 8 exemplars
A Life: Collected Poems (1981) 8 exemplars
The Tower of London (1977) 7 exemplars
The Cornish in America (1959) 6 exemplars
Essays in Cornish History (1935) — Editor — 5 exemplars
Poems of Deliverance (1946) 5 exemplars
An Elizabethan Garland (1953) 4 exemplars
Strange Encounter (1972) 4 exemplars
Royal homes illustrated (1953) — Introducció — 4 exemplars
Friends and Contemporaries (1989) 4 exemplars
Poems chiefly Cornish (1944) 4 exemplars
The West in English History (1949) — Editor — 3 exemplars
Cornish stories (1967) 3 exemplars
My View of Shakespeare (1996) 3 exemplars
The Road to Oxford (1978) 3 exemplars
Poems of a Decade 1931-1941 (1941) 2 exemplars
Poems of Cornwall and America (1967) 1 exemplars
Twelfth Night (1984) 1 exemplars
Cornish Place Rhymes (1997) 1 exemplars
Stories from Trenarren (1986) 1 exemplars
Poems Partly American. (1959) 1 exemplars
Selected Poems (1990) 1 exemplars
Transatlantic: Later Poems (1989) 1 exemplars

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Churchill: By His Contemporaries (1953) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
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Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
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Human Nature in Politics (1908) — Pròleg, algunes edicions28 exemplars
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Gladstone and Liberalism (1952) — General editor — 17 exemplars
Woodrow Wilson and American Liberalism (1947) — Series editor — 16 exemplars
Cook and the Opening of the Pacific (1946) — Series editor — 12 exemplars
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In the Green Tree (1948) — Prefaci — 9 exemplars
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The Spanish Story of Armada (1895) — Editor, algunes edicions6 exemplars
Cornwall in the age of the industrial revolution (1953) — Pròleg — 5 exemplars
Cornwall (1949) — Pròleg — 5 exemplars
Stories of Haunted Inns (1983) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
West Country Short Stories (1949) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Stories of Horror and Suspense: An Anthology (1977) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
One Hundred Years a Diocese (1977) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Two Chiefs of Dunboy (1969) — Editor and Foreword — 1 exemplars
The Cornish Garden - People, Places, Plants — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Church Treasures in the Oxford District (1984) — Pròleg — 1 exemplars
Stories of the Macabre (1976) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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Just a disaster, and I'm appalled by the people who gave this a five-star review. There's a fantastic review by the ever-reliable Jeanne Addison Roberts in Shakespeare Quarterly 1979 which is worth quoting: "the motivating spirit behind this spectacular non-book is clearly commercial".

Despite being published in 1978, A.L. Rowse's edition of Shakespeare breezily reprints a 1904 text (itself a copy of 19th century texts) which is itself an unusual decision, in light of the many worthy Shakespeare editions released in those intervening years, from the Arden to the Riverside. The introductions to each play are, as Roberts notes, "drawn almost entirely from [Rowse's] own earlier work" and are of the tossed-off variety, aiming to pontificate on a half-dozen received facts about the play without, it seems, much engagement with contemporary criticism. The margin glosses are surprisingly few and, while yes, Rowse can often be delightfully eccentric, as others note, he is also sometimes just passing the time. When pages pass with only three or four glosses, one feels that this can hardly be the Shakespeare for every household in the land. Sometimes, Rowse even uses "correct" as if he is just telling the reader what word should be there, rather than asserting his opinion in the crowded field of editors from 1709 to the present day.

The only reason this edition merited two stars was because there are many hundreds of pictures, most of them nineteenth-century, meaning at least there is some historical value to this work. Given the grotesque size of the thing, this is hardly worth the purchasing, particularly not with another forty years having passed in the interim.

To quote Roberts once more, "do we laugh or cry?"
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therebelprince | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Oct 24, 2023 |
I very much enjoyed this comedy about two sets of twins.
leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
These are short portraits of ten significant twentieth century figures, acquaintances of the author, ranging from the poet Auden and the mystery writer Agatha Christie to political figures like Nancy Astor, Lord Beaverbrook, and Winston Churchill. Historians will be particularly interested to read Rowse's accounts of G.M. Trevelyan and Samuel Eliot Morison. Throughout, Rowse lives up to his reputation as a vain but witty controversialist. Some people will probably find Rowse's conceits to be "too much," but I find him to be more than tolerable in small doses.… (més)
yooperprof | Jun 6, 2023 |



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