A Life of Shakespeare

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Pickle Partners Publishing, 12.03.2018 - 211 Seiten
‘You are a genuine soaker in Shakespeare, and have not read him as a task. You have him by heart.’—Bernard Shaw wrote in a letter to Hesketh Pearson.

Before he became a well-known biographer, Hesketh Pearson was an actor. Few facts are known about Shakespeare, but with an actor’s eye and a supreme self-confidence Pearson has drawn a recognisable portrait of Shakespeare the man—even telling us the colour of his hair and of his predilection for black-haired women. The plays and poems are assessed in the search to discover and build up a picture of Shakespeare’s character. Pearson has included an anthology of his favourite lines and passages.
 

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CHAPTER IAUTOBIOGRAPHICAL
CHAPTER IISUNRISE 13
CHAPTER IIIPOET AND PATRON 20
CHAPTER IVTHE PRENTICE PLAYWRIGHT 29
CHAPTER VTHE POET PLAYWRIGHT 41
CHAPTER VITHE TOP OF HAPPY HOURS 54
COMEDIES 162
CHAPTER VIIROMANS AND GREEKS 69
CHAPTER IXGREEKS AND ROMANS 110
CHAPTER XSUNSET 128
SHAKESPEARES POETRY 148
HISTORIES 155
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 162
TRAGEDIES 174
REQUEST FROM THE PUBLISHER 190
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CHAPTER VIIILIFES FITFUL FEVER 89

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Edward Hesketh Gibbons Pearson (20 February 1887 - 9 April 1964) was a British actor, theatre director and writer. He is best known for his popular biographies, which made him the leading commercially successful British biographer of his time, with subjects that included Tom Paine, William Hazlitt, Gilbert & Sullivan, Conan Doyle, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens.

Born in Hawford, Claines, Worcestershire to Thomas Henry Gibbons Pearson, a farmer, and the former Amy Mary Constance Biggs, the family moved to Bedford in 1896. He was educated at Orkney House School for five years, followed by Bedford School. He was a passionate reader of Shakespeare’s plays, and a frequent theatre-goer. When his brother’s business faced bankruptcy, he applied for a job with Herbert Beerbohm Tree, and began acting with that theatrical entrepreneur’s company in 1911. A year later, he married Gladys Gardner, one of the company’s actresses.

At the outbreak of World War I, he volunteered for the Army Service Corps and was sent to Mesopotamia and was awarded the Military Cross for his services. After the war, he returned to the stage.

He began to write his first book during World War I in order to keep his mind occupied during the long Mesopotamian afternoons when the temperature stood at 130 degrees. His first book, Modern Men and Mummers, published in England and America in 1921, dealt with a number of celebrities he had known. His first biography, Doctor Darwin, about his maternal ancestor, Erasmus Darwin, was published in 1930 and secured his position in literature.

Pearson passed away in 1964 at the age of 77.

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