SERGEANT SHAKESPEARE by Duff Cooper

SERGEANT SHAKESPEARE

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

The indulgence of a literary whimsy, this pursues the possibility that Shakespeare was a military man, a line of speculation started by the death of a Sgt. Shakespeare in Duff Cooper's battalion in the first World War. Filling in the unknown years when Shakespeare left Stratford and found patronage under Leicester who at that times was desperate for young recruits for his campaign in the Low Countries, Cooper indicates the probability that the young Shakespeare joined Leicester's forces. And from his works, he follows Shakespeare's everpresent absorption in military affairs, the constant use of the military metaphor which lends likelihood to his argument... There's no didactic persistence here, but the extension of a conjecture which is lightly persuasive.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1950
Publisher: Viking