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New Title from Gannon: Douglas King Publishes New Book

Published: 01/22/2021

Douglas King, Ph.D. published a new book titled 'William Shakespeare: Facts and Fiction.'

Douglas King, Ph.D. published a new book titled 'William Shakespeare: Facts and Fiction.'

Gannon University’s Douglas King, Ph.D., full professor of English, has published a new book titled, William Shakespeare: Facts and Fictions.

The volume, published by ABC-CLIO Press, provides a thorough and up-to-date analysis of 10 key facts and fictions regarding the life and works of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is easily the most famous author in world literature. His works have attracted tremendous critical and historical research, and his life and world have been the subjects of thousands of books. But for all the attention given to Shakespeare, arguments and mysteries continue to surround his life and works. This book brings a unique perspective to the ongoing fascination and debate.

William Shakespeare: Facts and Fictions focuses on ten key facts and fictions, including “Shakespeare Was Not the Author of the Works We Know as Shakespeare’s,”

“Shakespeare Was Homosexual or Bisexual,” “Shakespeare Was Secretly Roman Catholic,” and “Shakespeare Rejected His Wife and Family.” Each chapter provides a section on what people think happened, how the myth/legend developed, and what now seems likely based upon the most compelling available evidence.

King includes excerpts from primary source documents that show readers how myths and legends grew around Shakespeare and that provide the best historical evidence for what actually happened.

King published his first book, Shakespeare’s World: The Tragedies, in 2018.

About Douglas King:

Douglas King, Ph.D., is a full professor of English at Gannon. He teaches courses in Shakespeare, film and Renaissance drama. He received an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in English/Renaissance studies from Duquesne University. King has taught Shakespeare to students from kindergarten through graduate school.

Other areas of interest for teaching and research include film, literature to film, and drama. King enjoys directing and performing in plays, as well as the occasional film production. King is studying to become a deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church.

Working at Gannon since 2001, King has led more than 20 trips, taking hundreds of students to international and domestic destinations including Greece, Italy, France, Spain, England, Wales and the Navajo Nation. He enjoys singing, playing and writing songs, mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his three adult sons, including Gannon graduate Spencer King '17 (chemistry). King’s band, Father Sage, has played at various venues around Pittsburgh, Pa.