The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

Book - 2014
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"There are so few established facts about how the son of a glove maker from Warwickshire became one of the greatest writers of all time that some people doubt he could really have written so many astonishing plays. We know that he married Anne Hathaway, who was pregnant and six years older than he, at the age of eighteen, and that one of their children died of the plague. We know that he left Stratford to seek his fortune in London, and eventually succeeded. He was clearly an unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. But when and how did he also become a genius? The Secret Life of William Shakespeare pulls back the curtain to imagine what it might have really been like to be Shakespeare before a seemingly ordinary man became a legend. In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250025036
Branch Call Number: Morgan, J
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 04, 2016

I like well written historic fiction and this book with Shakespeare as its' central figure sounded interesting. I read about 250 pages before I did something I rarely do with a book - give up. I didn't like the style, the constant switching back and forth between characters. I realize one can't plot this kind of story but tries to work with the information that is known but there was an opportunity to write a bit about acting on the stage in Elizabethan England, it was not taken and it might have made the story a bit more interesting. I am interested in that period in English history and have read many books about it and the great figures it spawned. Maybe the book gets better but 250 pages was all I could stand.


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