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So Long as Men Can Breathe : The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets - Clinton Heylin

So Long as Men Can Breathe

The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets


Published: 5th May 2009
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In this lively, fascinating account of the publication of Shakespeare's "Sonnets," noted biographer Clinton Heylin brings their convoluted history to light, beginning with the first complete appearance of the "Sonnets" in print in May, 1609. He introduces us to the "unholy alliance" involved in this precarious enterprise: Thomas Thorpe, the publisher, a self-described "well wishing adventurer;" George Eld, the printer, heavily embroiled in large-scale pirating; William Aspley, the prestigious bookseller, who mysteriously ended his association with Thorpe soon after.

Leaving the calamitous world of Elizabethan publishing, Heylin goes on to chart the many editions of the "Sonnets" through the years and the editorial decisions that led to their present configuration. Passionate, astute, and brilliantly entertaining, the result is a concise and vivid history of perhaps the greatest poetry ever written.

Abbreviationsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
(1590-1640) "The Darling Buds of May"
1609: "The Online Begetter"p. 3
1590-1603: "The Sweete Wittie Soule of Ovid"p. 23
1593-1603: "My Love Shall...Ever Live Young"p. 45
1609-1639: "Nothing in My Conscience... Did Need a Cypher"p. 71
1639-1640: "Scorn Not the Sonnet"p. 99
(1709-2009) "This Key...Unlocked His Heart"
1709-1821: "I, Once Gone, to All the World Must Die"p. 123
1821-1973: "Castles of Conjecture"p. 143
1841-2007: "The Division and Summing of the Chapters"p. 169
2007-2008: "Too Worthie for a Counterfeit?"p. 189
2009: The Little Red Notebookp. 207
A Select Bibliographyp. 227
Notesp. 233
Shake-speares Sonnetsp. 237
Indexp. 265
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Clinton Heylin

Clinton Heylin is the author of the definitive Bob Dylan biography Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades, among many other works, including Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography; Despite the System: Orson Welles versus the Hollywood Studios; and Babylon's Burning: From Punk to Grunge. He lives in Somerset.

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ISBN: 9780306818059
ISBN-10: 0306818051
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 5th May 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1