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

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

by Richard Paul Roe


Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074263
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 791,716
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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 University School of Law, he lived in Pasadena, California, until his death in 2010.

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Hilary Roe Metternich xi

Introduction Daniel L Wright xiii

Preface 1

Chapter 1 Romeo and Juliet "Devoted Love in Verona" 7

Chapter 2 The Two Gentlemen of Verona—Part 1"Sailing to Milan" 35

Chapter 3 The Two Gentlemen of Verona—Part 2"Milan: Arrivals and Departures" 63

Chapter 4 The Taming of the Shrew "Pisa to Padua" 87

Chapter 5 The Merchant of Venice—Part 1"Venice: the City and the Empire" 115

Chapter 6 The Merchant of Venice—Part 2 "Venice: Trouble and Trial" 141

Chapter 7 Othello"Strangers and Streets, Swords and Shoes" 159

Chapter 8 A Midsummer Night's Dream "Midsummer in Sabbioneta' 179

Chapter 9 All's Well That Ends Well "France and Florence" 189

Chapter 10 Much Ado About Nothing "Misfortune in Messina" 217

Chapter 11 The Winter's Tale "A Cruel Notion Resolved" 245

Chapter 12 TheTempest"Island of Wind and Fire" 265

Epilogue 297

Biblogarphy 299

What People are Saying About This

William Leahy

“This represents a hugely significant intervention in the study of Shakespeare and his dramatic works.”

Mark Rylance

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

Derek Jacobi

“Exciting, original, and convincing....This book is essential reading for all concerned with who really wrote the works of Shakespeare. A thrilling journey of discovery.”

Michael York

“This is a revolutionary and revelatory book, part thrilling detective story and part sober scholarly treatise.”

Customer Reviews