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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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“Ambitious, brilliant… Greer exposes as wishful thinking a whole set of assumptions.” —London Review of Books


In Shakespeare’s Wife, Australian-born writer and academic Germaine Greer presents the first full-length biography of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway — the woman to whom, in the playwright’s will, he famously left only his “second-best bed.” With precious few facts about Hathaway, Greer posits how history and its many scholars have deduced the worst about this mysterious woman.

Greer received her PhD from the University of Cambridge with a thesis on Shakespeare’s early comedies and has taught at universities in Australia, Britain, and the United States. In 1989, she set up her own publishing imprint, Stump Cross Books, and went on to publish scholarly editions of Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton, and Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea.

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