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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Nicholl Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed author Charles Nicholl presents a brilliantly drawn detective story with entirely new insights into Shakespeare’s life.

In 1612 William Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster; it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded. The case seems routine—a dispute over an unpaid marriage dowry—but it opens an unexpected window into the dramatist’s famously obscure life. Using the court testimony as a springboard, acclaimed nonfiction writer Charles Nicholl examines this fascinating period in Shakespeare’s life. With evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compelling, detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked during the time in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear. The case also throws new light on the puzzling story of Shakespeare’s collaboration with the hack author and violent brothel owner George Wilkins.

In The Lodger Shakespeare we see the playwright in the daily context of a street in Jacobean London: “one Mr. Shakespeare,” lodging in the room upstairs. Nicholl is one of the great historical detectives of our time and in this atmospheric and exciting book he has created a considerable rarity—something new and original about Shakespeare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The prose moves steadily along, eschews gush, jargon, and digression, and generally inspires confidence. This is the voice of a man who knows his stuff. A pro.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/14/2014

    " A good piece of historical detective work on Silver Street and Shakespeare's connections with his landlady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gayla Bassham | 2/8/2014

    " Like spending an evening with a chatty Elizbethan-history geek. I would adore spending an evening with a chatty Elizabethan-history geek, so I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Mileage will vary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doak | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't expect much from this book, but the author not only did an impressive amount of research, but made some interesting observations that brought Shakespeare to life in a way no other biography has. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diane | 2/3/2014

    " I was looking forward to this - I loved Nichols' The Reckoning. But I should have remembered that all who attempt to create a viable life for Shakespeare seem to fall on their faces. The only really good one I've read was Michael Shapiro's 1599, and the reason that succeeded was because he focused on documented events going on during that year, as opposed to inventing a life for WS that tied into those same events. Ah, well. Read and learn. "

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About the Author

Charles Nicholl is an internationally acclaimed author who has written biographies, including Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind, as well as books on history and travel. His book The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for nonfiction. His Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.