Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeare's Immortal Heroine

Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeare's Immortal Heroine

By: Angela Thirwell (author)Hardback

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Into the spotlight steps Rosalind, the actor-manager of As You Like It. She's alive. She's modern. She's also a fiction. Played by a boy actor in 1599, she's a girl who gets into men's clothes to investigate the truth about love. Both male and female, imaginary and real, her intriguing duality gives her a special role. What is a man? What is a woman? We are all Rosalind now. This book is for everyone who has ever loved Shakespeare. In April 2016, his quatercentenary will make Shakespeare more alive than at any time since his death in 1616. Like Rosalind, his most innovative heroine, he can never die. She too is timeless. There is no clock in the Forest of Arden where Rosalind finds herself and applies her mercurial wit to teach her lover, Orlando, how to become her perfect partner, issues which consume men and women today. This highly original 'biography' of Rosalind contains exclusive new interviews with Juliet Rylance, Sally Scott, Janet Suzman, Juliet Stevenson, Michelle Terry, award-winning director Blanche McIntyre, as well as insights from Michael Attenborough, Kenneth Branagh, Greg Doran, Rebecca Hall, Adrian Lester, Pippa Nixon, Vanessa Redgrave and Fiona Shaw.Angela Thirlwell explores the fictitious life and the many after-lives of Rosalind, Shakespeare's progressive new heroine, and her perennial influence on drama, fiction and art. The book ranges widely across Tudor history, theatre history, sexual politics, autobiography, art history and filmography. On a single day Cush Jumbo wins the Sunday Times Ian Charleson Award for her performance as Rosalind at Manchester's Royal Exchange - 'it's a dream role,' she says, 'the greatest female part in Shakespeare.' As You Like It is performed for free in Central Park New York, plays in Georgian at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside, opens in Atlanta and Seattle, goes to eleven venues across Gloucestershire, is presented on the Isle of Dogs, in Ottawa and New Zealand. A major production is scheduled at the National Theatre for 2015/16. In Canada a new prize for women's fiction is named the Rosalind Prize and Arden editions of Shakespeare set the standard worldwide in scholarship. It could be any day in any year and confirms the enduring popularity of the play and its immortal heroine.

About Author

Angela Thirlwell likes to push the boundaries of biography. She used a thematic 'spots of time' approach in William and Lucy, and interpreted Ford Madox Brown through the lenses of the 4 women in his life in Into the Frame. This time she's chosen Shakespeare's inspirational heroine, Rosalind, a character who has never lived and therefore can never die. No need for the biographer's usual death bed scene. Thirlwell read English at St. Anne's College, Oxford and lectured in English and Theatre Studies for many years for the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London. Yale University Press published her first biography, William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis in 2003. Into the Frame: the four loves of Ford Madox Brown was published by Chatto & Windus in 2010, and in paperback by Pimlico in 2011. She wrote 'The Game of Life' for the Catalogue to the Ford Madox Brown Exhibition, shown in Manchester and Ghent in 2011/12. Angela has given a wide range of talks on Ford Madox Brown, Ford Madox Ford, on art and on Biography at literary festivals, conferences, museums and galleries in England, France, Italy and the U.S.A. These include the Wallace Collection, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, the Oxford Literary Festival, the University Women's Club, King's College London, Words by the Water in Keswick, Burgh House and Kenwood House in Hampstead, Hofstra University USA, and King's Place in London for a Guardian Masterclass on biography. She's been the external examiner for the highly regarded M.A. in Biography at the University of Buckingham. The course uses The Folio Anthology of Autobiography Thirlwell edited in 1994, ranging from ancient Egyptian tomb inscriptions to the modern day. Angela appeared in a Culture Show Special on BBC2 about Ford Madox Ford, grandson of Ford Madox Brown, and author of Parade's End.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781783198559
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781783198559
  • ISBN10: 1783198559

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