Page extent: 272
ISBN: 9781786822338
Binding: PaperBack

Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeare’s Immortal Heroine

Angela Thirlwell

PaperBack (01 Oct 2017)

The critically acclaimed biography of Shakespeare's most enduring heroine, Rosalind, now in paperback.

Angela Thirlwell explores the fictitious life and the many after-lives of Rosalind, Shakespeare’s progressive new heroine, and her perennial influence on drama, fiction and art.

 This highly original ‘biography’ of Rosalind – Shakespeare’s greatest female creation – contains exclusive new interviews with Juliet Rylance, Sally Scott, Janet Suzman, Juliet Stevenson, Michelle Terry, and award-winning director Blanche McIntyre.

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ISBN13 9781786822338
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 272


‘Thirlwell has always been inventive…this is rather more than a biography. The character of Rosalind remains at the book’s centre, but Thirlwell’s horizons expand into an ambitious exploration of Elizabethan England, sexual politics and the history of theatre, art and film. …Most entertaining of all are the many anecdotes about actors and directors who have taken on As You Like It…With injections of playfulness, there is little risk of the book veering towards academic impenetrability.
…Thirlwell uses Rosalind as a lens to train upon her wider interests, and lowers it completely when she feels like it. After all, innovative biography is what Thirlwell does best.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Engagingly accessible and contagiously enthusiastic.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Highly ingenious’ Times Literary Supplement