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BROOKE, Rupert.) SHAKESPEARE, William.
The Winter's Tale. With introduction and notes by William Henry Hudson.
London: George Harrap & Co., [c.1909]. Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Spine sunned, cloth somewhat soiled; a good copy. The copy of the poet Rupert Brooke, with his posthumous booklabel to front pastedown. A particularly appropriate volume - it was in Harley Granville Barker's 1912 production of The Winter's Tale that Brooke first saw the love of his life Cathleen Nesbitt, in the role of Perdita. His biographer writes that Brooke over-identified Nesbitt with Perdita, as a sweet young innocent, distorting their relationship (Nigel Jones, Rupert Brooke: Life, Death and Myth). Eddie Marsh set them up following the performance, and they were effectively a couple, albeit a chaste one, for the rest of his life.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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