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Shakespeare in London45:05

In 1909, an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska was wading through legal documents in London when he came upon an incredible prize: a deposition, in long hand, about a messy family dispute, signed by one William Shakespeare more than 400 years ago.

It was the key to an era, and William Shakespeare's place in it — Shakespeare at 40, a man of means, in the streets and gardens and pubs and brothels of London.

The genius was caught at a moment in time, after Hamlet, before Macbeth, living. Now, a new book makes it real.

This hour On Point: seeing Shakespeare as he lived.Guest:

Charles Nicholl, author of "The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street."

This program aired on February 12, 2008.

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