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.
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.