Title: Filthy Shakespeare
Author: Pauline Kiernan
Celebrating the Bard in all his bawdy glory: a hilarious and insightful look at the down and dirt sexual puns lurking in Shakespeare's body of work
Everyone knows of his matchless understanding of the human condition, but we have been deprived for centuries of the full extent of one of Shakespeare's most brilliant dramatic devices. Finally, acclaimed scholar Pauline Kiernan helps restore the saucy, often shocking meanings beneath his words, by decoding the sexual puns that riddle Shakespeare's work.
In the puritanical climate of Elizabethan England, Shakespeare became a master of the double entendre, crafting lines and scenes that unfolded in a variety of meanings. Filthy Shakespeare presents more than seventy examples of the bard at his raunchiest, with each passage translated into modern English and the hidden meanings of the original words explained. Revealing and riotously funny, Filthy Shakespeare shows the master of wordplay at his most inventive, and offers an intriguing look at the richness and complexity of Shakespeare's language and his world.