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James Lasdun: Best Fascist Face, 3 June 2021

The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy 
by Victoria deGrazia.
Harvard, 517 pp., £28.95, August 2020, 978 0 674 98639 8
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... and ends his days on an island in the Mediterranean. The fact that it is all true, researched by Victoria deGrazia down to the minutest detail of couture gowns and canonical law, only makes it more fantastical. The soldier was Attilio Teruzzi, a wine merchant’s son born in Milan in 1882. The American diva was an ...


Gary Taylor, 7 January 1993

Shakespeare: The Later Years 
by Russell Fraser.
Columbia, 380 pp., $35, April 1992, 0 231 06766 6
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Shakespeare: His Life, Work and Era 
by Dennis Kay.
Sidgwick, 368 pp., £20, May 1992, 0 283 99878 4
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William Shakespeare: The Anatomy of an Enigma 
by Peter Razzell.
Caliban, 188 pp., May 1992, 1 85066 010 7
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Politics, Plague and Shakespeare’s Theatre: The Stuart Years 
by Leeds Barroll.
Cornell, 249 pp., £20.80, January 1992, 0 8014 2479 8
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Shakespeare Verbatim: The Reproduction of Authenticity and the 1790 Apparatus 
by Margreta de Grazia.
Oxford, 244 pp., £30, February 1991, 0 19 811778 7
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... I don’t care, because, being an introduction, this book does not aspire to discovery. Barroll, de Grazia, and Razzell, by contrast, all say something genuinely new. None is a biographer; none offers the pleasures of narrative, or the illusion of a whole life, or the interpretive transformation of a work which a knowledge of the author’s life can ...

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