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*Shakespeare and Gender

A fashion of black teeth and ruffled collars, courtesy of the invention of starch imported from France, which led the upper classes to abhor the damp (wilted ruffles). This is the backdrop of Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare. In a fun and fast book, he separates fact from myth about the playwright while providing a fascinating look at the gender bending, ever dynamic, new play a day, fevered atmosphere of late Elizabethan London. (Full review here.)

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