The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

Book - 2014
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A sumptuously detailed imagining of the private world of the master bard chronicles the transformation of an unwilling craftsman and resentful son into a husband, father and genius playwright in Renaissance London.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9781250025036
Branch Call Number: FIC MORGAN, JUDE
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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