Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Books and reading.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Sources.
English literature History and criticism
European literature History and criticism
Shakespeare's reading explores Shakespeare's marvellous reshaping of sources into new creations. Beginning with a discussion of how and what Elizabethans read--manuscripts, popular pamphlets, and books--Robert S. Miola goes on to examine Shakespeare's general habits of reading and track his use of specific texts and traditions in the poems, histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances. This is a comprehensive account of how, throughout his career, Shakespeare fused imaginative invention with remembered sources and inherited traditions in the creative act of composition. Repeated references to the plays in performance enliven and enrich the account., Bibliography, etc. note: Bibliography and index.