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The Secret Life of Wiliam Shakespeare

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There is a freshness and originality in this fictional portrayal of Shakespeare. For one thing he brings Anne Hathaway much more into the novel than other writers who have got fixated on the 'dark lady' (of the sonnets) in their narratives.


Anne even tries bringing the children to London to live while William starts to be a successful playwright and bit actor. It doesn't quite work out but she gives it a go. She tries to learn to read and write.


We also have a vivid picture of the actors and writers who Shakespeare mixed with: especially interesting is his admiration of Marlowe admixed with a certain jealousy. Was he in any way relieved when hearing of Marlowe's death in a pub brawl?


I really enjoyed this novel and will search out his others, particularly that about the romantic poets mentioned in another thread.

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I'd forgotten all about this for some reason - one of the advantages of occasionally trawling though old posts on BGO!  I must get myself a copy

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