Battle for the Bard

The Shakespeare Wars
Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascos, Palace Coups
Ron Rosenbaum
Random House, $35, 624 pp.

At the outset of The Shakespeare Wars, Ron Rosenbaum promises readers a different sort of Shakespeare book, and there is no doubt that he delivers. Rosenbaum distinguishes his work from the spate of recent Shakespeare biographies by pointing out that his concern is not Shakespeare the man but rather the body of work that is properly called “Shakespearean.” Indeed, Rosenbaum wants to know what is “Shakespearean” about Shakespeare. Rosenbaum does not eschew...

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Jesse Lander is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

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