Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer is a 406-page hardcover published in 2007 by HarperCollinsPublishers and is the stated first U.S. Edition. The dust jacket and book are in very good condition. Light shelf wear to the dust jacket. A black remainder mark along the bottom outside page edges.
Little is known about Anne Hathaway, the wife of England's greatest playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been interpreted as evidence that she was nothing more than an unfortunate mistake from which Shakespeare did well to distance himself.
While Shakespeare is above all the poet of marriage-- repeatedly in his plays, constant wives redeem unjust and deluded husbands--Scholars persistent in positioning the worst about the writer's own spouse. In Shakespeare's Wife, Germaine Greer boldly breaks new ground, combining literary historical techniques with documentary evidence about life in Stratford, to reset the story of Shakespeare's marriage and its social context. With deep insight and intelligence, she offers daring and thoughtful new theories about the farmer's daughter who married England's greatest poet, painting a vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.
A passionate and perceptive work a first-rate scholarship that reclaims this maligned figure from generations of scholarly neglect and misogny, Shakespeare's Wife poses both questions and opens new fields investigation and research.