The Shakespeare Guide To Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels

Paperback | November 8, 2011

byRichard Paul Roe

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Equal parts literary detective story and vivid travelogue, TheShakespeare Guide to Italy chronicles author Richard Paul Roe’sthirty-year quest to find the locations in which Shakespeare set his tenItalian plays—delivering a text which will forever change our understanding ofhow to read the Bard of Avon and irrevocably alter our vision of who WilliamShakespeare really was. More than 150 full-color images illustrate and enhanceRoe’s captivating narrative, illuminating his lifelong journey and shining alight into the depths of Shakespeare’s experiences in Italy. Until now,Shakespeare’s use of Italian backdrops—Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, Othello’sVenice, Much Ado About Nothing’s Messina, to name a few—has been thesource of controversy and conjecture. With The Shakespeare Guide to Italy,Roe’s meticulous study reveals the secrets that have eluded scholars forcenturies.

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Equal parts literary detective story and vivid travelogue, TheShakespeare Guide to Italy chronicles author Richard Paul Roe’sthirty-year quest to find the locations in which Shakespeare set his tenItalian plays—delivering a text which will forever change our understanding ofhow to read the Bard of Avon and irrevocably alter our vision ...

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Richard Paul Roe spent more than twenty years traveling the length and breadth of Italy on a literary quest of unparalleled significance.Using the text from Shakespeare’s ten “Italian Plays” as his only compass, Roe determined the exact locations of nearly every scene in Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Ve...

In addition to executing a private legal practice for more than forty years, Richard Paul Roe undertook a lifelong study of Shakespeare’s Italian Plays. A recipient of degrees in English literature and European history from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a juris doctor summa cum laude from the Southwestern Univers...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.5 × 7 × 0.81 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062074261

ISBN - 13:9780062074263

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“Unless someone can prove him wrong, anyone who claims to have written the plays of Shakespeare needs to show some Italian travel documents.”