So Long as Men Can Breathe


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So Long as Men Can Breathe

by Clinton Heylin (Author)



ISBN: 9780306818059


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On the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeares Sonnets comes a fiercely entertaining literary detective story tracing their unusual history

In this lively, fascinating account of the publication of Shakespeares 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.


ISBN 306818051
ISBN13 9780306818059
Publisher Da Capo Press Inc
Format Hardback
Publication date 05/05/2009
Pages 304
Weight (grammes) 476
Published in United States
Height (mm) 210
Width (mm) 140