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Sir Sidney Lee (1859-1926) was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare, but is also remembered as the 'sub-editor' recruited by Sir Leslie Stephen when he was embarking on the great project of the Dictionary of National Biography, and whose editorial and organisational skills were vital in keeping the publication programme close to its planned schedule. Lee was acknowledged as joint Editor with Stephen of Volume 21, and as sole Editor for Volumes 27 to 63. His own contributions included an account of the life of Queen Victoria and (in Volume 51, 1897) William Shakespeare. This full-length life followed in 1898 and is often credited as the first modern biography of the poet. It was an immediate popular success, and, given the limitations of the material available at the time of writing, was regarded for much of the twentieth century as the most reliable account of Shakespeare's life.
Table of Contents
Parentage and birth
Childhood, education, and marriage
The farewell to Stratford
On the London stage
Early dramatic work
The first appeal to the reading public
The sonnets and their literary history
The borrowed conceits of the sonnets
The patronage of the Earl of Southampton
The supposed story of intrigue in the sonnets
The development of dramatic power
The practical affairs of life
Maturity of genius
The highest themes of tragedy
The latest plays
The close of life
Survivors and descendants
Autographs, portraits, and memorials
The sources of biographical knowledge
The Bacon-Shakespeare controversy
The youthful career of the Earl of Southampton
The Earl of Southampton as a literary patron
The true history of Thomas Thorpe and 'Mr. W. H.'
'Mr. William Herbert'
Shakespeare and the Earl of Pembroke
The 'Will' sonnets
The vogue of the Elizabethan sonnet, 1594âÇô7
Bibliographical note on the sonnet in France, 1550âÇô1600
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