The Lodger Shakespeare

The Lodger Shakespeare

His Life on Silver Street

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143114628
  • 416 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster-and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded. In The Lodger Shakespeare, Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but little-known episode in the Bard’s life. Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compellingly detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked amid the bustle of early seventeenth-century London. This elegant, often unexpected exploration presents a new and original look at Shakespeare as he was writing such masterpieces as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear.


“Through imaginative use of primary source material . . . lively readings of the plays and a nuanced portrait of their author, [Nicholl] capably captures ‘the simmering randiness of the age.'”
-The New Yorker

“As close as we’ll ever come to rubbing shoulders with the Bard.”
-The Christian Science Monitor

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