Shakespeare's Shrine

As the first major study of Shakespeare's Birthplace during the nineteenth century, Shakespeare's Shrine draws on extensive archival research to describe the invention of the Birthplace in the Victorian period, when the site was purchased for the nation, extensively restored, and transformed into a major tourist attraction.

Shakespeare's Shrine
The Bard's Birthplace and the Invention of Stratford-upon-Avon

Julia Thomas

2012 | 232 pages | Cloth $34.95 | Paper $24.95
Literature | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Birthplace in Victorian Culture
Chapter 1. The Birth of "Shakespeare"
Chapter 2. Bidding for the Bard: The Auction of the Birthplace
Chapter 3. Bringing Down the House: Restoring the Birthplace
Chapter 4. Real Estate? Authenticating the Birthplace
Chapter 5. Eight Things to Do in Stratford-upon-Avon: A Guide for the Victorian Tourist
Conclusion: The Place and the Plays