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John Wolfson - Annual Perspectives

Shakespeare's Sonnets - Are they Autobiographical?

  • Education/JW_2

Thursday 17 August 2017, 6.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£10 | £5 FoSG & Students
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‘More folly has been written about the Sonnets than about any other Shakespearean topic.’

 - E. K. Chambers

Every subject relating to the Sonnets is in dispute. When were they written? To whom were they addressed? What was Shakespeare’s exact relationship with the young man in the Sonnets?

In the 1640 edition, some pronouns were altered so that all of the love poems would appear to be addressed to a woman. These changes were not corrected for one hundred and forty years. When Shakespeare’s original text was restored in 1780,the arguments began.

John Wolfson will summarise the last two centuries of scholarly disagreements over the Sonnets. The talk will be illustrated by Globe Actors.

Copies of The Inn at Lydda will be available to purchase before the talk (cash only), and John Wolfson will be doing a signing on the stage after the event.

The Inn at Lydda was staged in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last year.