North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholars Quest for the Truth Behind the Bards Work Audiobook, by Michael Blanding Play Audiobook Sample

North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar's Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard's Work Audiobook

North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholars Quest for the Truth Behind the Bards Work Audiobook, by Michael Blanding Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Will Collyer Publisher: Hachette Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549123429

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72:51 minutes

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06:15 minutes

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51:24 minutes

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From the acclaimed author of The Map Thief comes the true story of a self-taught Shakespeare sleuth's quest to prove his eye-opening theory about the source of the English language's most famous plays.

A work of gripping non-fiction, North by Shakespeare presents the twinning narratives of rogue scholar Dennis McCarthy, called "the Steve Jobs of the Shakespeare community," and Sir Thomas North, an Elizabethan courtier whom McCarthy believes to be the undiscovered source for Shakespeare's plays.

For the last fifteen years, Dennis McCarthy has obsessively pursued the true source of Shakespeare's works, with fascinating results. Using plagiarism software, he has found direct links between Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and other plays and Thomas North's published and unpublished writings-as well as Shakespearean plotlines seemingly lifted straight from North's colorful life.

McCarthy's wholly original conclusion is this: Shakespeare wrote the plays, but he adapted them from source plays written by North decades before-many of them penned on behalf of North's patron Robert Dudley, in his efforts to woo Queen Elizabeth. That bold theory answers many lingering questions about the Bard with compelling new evidence, including a newly unearthed journal of North's travels through France and Italy, filled with locations and details appearing in Shakespeare's plays.

North by Shakespeare alternates between the dramatic life of Thomas North, the intrigues of the Tudor court, the rivalries of English Renaissance theatre, and academic outsider Dennis McCarthy's attempts to air his provocative ideas in the clubby world of Shakespearean scholarship. Through it all, Blanding employs his keen journalistic eye to craft a highly readable drama, up-ending our understanding of the beloved playwright and his "singular genius."

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“Lively….Blanding does a good job of capturing the eccentric McCarthy and his passion to get to the bottom of this particular rabbit hole. Shakespeare fans and readers who enjoy the thrill of a good bibliographic treasure hunt will want to check this out.”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “A fascinating detective jaunt through history—all the better for the depth of its scholarship.”

    — Fred Melamed, actor and founding member of Shakespeare & Co.
  • “How Shakespearean was Shakespeare?…An entertaining look at a literary iconoclast.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Michael Blanding

Michael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Slate, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston magazine, and other publications. He is author of The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, which was named an NPR Best Book of the Year; and The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink. A former journalism fellow at Brandeis University and Harvard Law School, he has taught feature writing at Tufts University, Emerson College, and GrubStreet Writers.

About Will Collyer

Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.