Jonathan Goldberg

“In The World of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Robert Matz offers readers elegant guidance into the social and literary conventions that shape Shakespeare’s poems and have influenced their reception over the past four hundred years. The book is especially astute in its reading of the sex-gender system, including its class and racial dimensions, in which Shakespeare conceived his fair young male beloved and his black mistress. This is the book I would recommend to any novice and even to more experienced readers approaching the sonnets.”

–Jonathan Goldberg, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Department of English, Emory University