Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer

I was surprised by how dry this book is.  Some of the information is really interesting.  Like marriage customs, how women supported themselves in the absence of their husbands.  Now, the presentation was rather boring.  Several times, I’d find myself flipping through pages thinking:  “how much longer until the end of the chapter”.   

This book was less about Ann Hathaway Shakespeare, and more about the plight of women in early modern England (the interesting part) and a mild rant against the misogynistic “bardolatry” culture of Shakespearean scholarship.

If you must read this, check it out at the library, don’t buy it.  The only reason it scored so high is due to content, not presentation, that would have been a mere 2. 

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars

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One thought on “Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer

  1. Mild rant? You’re too kind. Many reviewers (myself among them) figure that the entire book was Greer’s half joke / half attack on the whole male dominated Shakespeare biography crowd who has traditionally blamed every bad thing in Will’s life on his supposedly loveless marriage.

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