Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the world's most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeare's library, is a mystery. For four centuries people have searched for it: in mansions, palaces and libraries; in riverbeds, sheep pens and partridge coops; and in the corridors of the mind. Yet no trace of the bard's manuscripts, books or letters has ever been found.
The search for Shakespeare's library is much more than a treasure hunt. The library's fate has profound implications for literature, for national and cultural identity, and for the global Shakespeare industry. It bears upon fundamental principles of art, identity, history, meaning and truth.
Unfolding the search like the mystery story that it is, acclaimed author Stuart Kells follows the trail of the hunters, taking us through different conceptions of the library and of the man himself. Entertaining and enlightening, Shakespeare's Libraryis a captivating exploration of one of literature's most enduring enigmas.
Stuart Kellsis an author and book-trade historian. His 2015 book Penguin and the Lane Brotherswon the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. An authority on rare books, he has written and published on many aspects of print culture and the book world. Stuart lives in Melbourne with his family.
'Stuart Kells presents a fascinating and persuasive new paradigm that challenges our preconceptions about the Bard's literary talent.' Age
'A delight to read, a wonderful piece of erudition and dazzling detective work.' David Astle, Evenings on ABC Radio Melbourne
'An excellent and incredibly fascinating read.' 3RRR Backstory
'A fascinating examination of a persistent literary mystery.' Publishers Weekly
'Kells's reflections are wonderfully romantic, wryly funny...There's no doubt we can all learn a lot from the magnificently obsessive and eloquent Kells.' Australianon The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders
'Kells is a magnificent guide to the abundant treasures he sets out.' Mathilda Imlah, Australian Book Reviewon The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders
'If you think you know what a library is, this marvellously idiosyncratic book will make you think again. After visiting hundreds of libraries around the world and in the realm of the imagination, bibliophile and rare-book collector Stuart Kells has compiled an enchanting compendium of well-told tales and musings both on the physical and metaphysical dimensions of these multi-storied places.' Age on The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders
Publication Date: 20-Aug-2018
Publisher: Text Publishing Company