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Soul of the Age, the Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare
by Jonathan Bate
(UK: Penguin Books, Ltd. Oct. 2008; published as Soul of the Age. A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare, US: Random House, April 2009.)
First came Harvard's Stephen Greenblatt in 2004 with Will in the World, which he admitted was an imaginary biography of his "Shakespeare" of Stratford-on-Avon. Necessarily "an exercise in speculation," he called it.
Then in 2007 came Rene Weis of University College London with Shakespeare Unbound, his desperate attempt to find the Stratford man everywhere in the works of Shakespeare.
Now comes Jonathan Bate of Warwick University with Soul of the Age, in which he also promises to find the biography of his man from Stratford in the works of Shakespeare.
It looks like a trend, if not a movement, by Stratfordians to intensify their search for Will Shakspere in Shakespeare's works. It's been done …