Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dylan fan says sonnets like "basement tapes"

NPR covered the publication of Bob Dylan scholar Clinton Heylin's new book So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets, yesterday  -- on the anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets in 1609. According to the NPR report Heylin is a proponent of the theory that the sonnets chronicle a homosexual love affair between the author and William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke – one of the fraternal grand possessors of the 1623 first folio of Shakespeare’s works. Heylin comes at his subject from a Stratfordian perspective and is of the opinion that the sonnets were never meant for publication, like Dylan's "basement tapes". An excerpt from Heylin's book is posted on the NPR site.

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