The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time


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A provocative look at Shakespeare in his age by one of our most influential theater figures This book is a masterful and engaging exploration of both Shakespeare's works and his age. Concentrating on six recurring prejudices in Shakespeare's plays-such as misogyny, elitism, distrust of effeminacy, and racism-Robert Brustein examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries treated them. More than simply a thematic study, the book reveals a playwright constantly exploiting and exploring his own personal stances. These ...

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