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The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines

The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines
In a Series of Fifteen Tales
3 Volume Paperback Set

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108001250

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  • Mary Cowden Clarke (1809–98) was the daughter of the publisher Vincent Novello. She was a noted Shakespearian scholar who produced a complete concordance to his works in 1845, and her fascination with the plays led to her publishing in 1850 a series of imaginative accounts of the girlhood of some of his heroines. Her motive was 'to imagine the possible circumstances and influences of scene, event, and associate, surrounding the infant life of his heroines, which might have conduced to originate and foster those germs of character recognised in their maturity as by him developed; to conjecture what might have been the first imperfect dawnings of that which he has shown us in the meridian blaze of perfection'. These 'prequels' offer a back-story which is surprising in its subversive interpretation of the plays and especially of the role of the 'hero'.

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108001250
    • dimensions: 250 x 323 x 67 mm
    • weight: 2.18kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I:
    1. Portia
    2. The thane's daughter
    3. Helena
    4. Desdemona
    5. Meg and Alice
    Volume II:
    1. Isabella: the votaress
    2. Katharina and Bianca: the shrew and the demure
    3. Ophelia: the rose of Elsinore
    4. Rosalind and Celia: the friends
    5. Juliet: the white dove of Verona
    6. Illustrative notes
    Volume III:
    1. Beatrice and Hero
    2. Olivia
    3. Hermione
    4. Viola
    5. Imogen.

  • Author

    Mary Cowden Clarke

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