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Chasing Shakespeares (Paperback)

Author:  Sarah Smith
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743464834
ISBN-13: 9780743464833
Sku: 36280874
Publish Date: 5/1/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  337
 
A pair of intellectual rivals reluctantly fall in love as they journey to London to discern--once and for all--the true author of Shakespeare's plays.
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Discovering a letter that appears to have been penned by William Shakespeare, two Harvard graduate students begin to suspect that he may not have been the author of his plays, a find that offers promise to the career of one and challenges the other to prove the letter is a forgery.Discovering a letter that appears to have been penned by William Shakespeare, two Harvard graduate students begin to suspect that he may not have been the author of his plays, a find that offers promise to the career of one and challenges the other to prove the letter is a forgery. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.With this exhilarating novel from the author the San Francisco Chronicle calls "daring" and "splendid," Sarah Smith cuts to the heart of one of literature's most fascinating and enduring mysteries: the enigma of Sir William Shakespeare.

Meet Joe Roper, a thoroughly modern graduate student who has landed the job of a lifetime working in the famed Kellogg Collection of Elizabethan texts and curiosities. He's been passionate about Shakespeare since reading a duct-taped paperback copy of Macbeth as a kid. But if all the world's a stage, Joe's working-class roots do little to prepare him for his role in the academic arena. Enter Posy Gould, stage right. A glamorous rising star at Harvard, she insists that a letter Joe's found, signed by one W. Shakespeare of Stratford, is a career-making discovery for them both -- particularly because the letter suggests that the plays were not written from Shakespeare's quill. What follows is a literary adventure story that places Joe and Posy in a world where the London Eye looks out over Shakespeare's city, Hollywood producers rub elbows with the Queen's court, and an unsolved mystery spans across five centuries and two continents. A first-rate thriller from one of the masters of the genre, Chasing Shakespeares is also an enduring tale about love, art, and poetic justice.

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Joe Roper is a graduate student whose lowly origins make him antipathetic to the idea that anyone but Shakespeare himself--another lad from the working class--was the writer of the plays. When Joe stumbles on a letter that seems to be from the Bard himself in which he admits that he didn't write the plays, he knows he needs to find the truth. With a fellow graduate student--the lovely Posy Gould--he travels to London to check things out.

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"The story works best as a lively, often engagingly profane love song to London, the Elizabethan Age, and of course the great dramatist. Joe is a likeable hero....[A]nyone who enjoyed (obvious predecessors) A. S. Byatt's POSSESSION or Josephine Tey's THE DAUGHTER OF TIME will be suitably charmed--and enlightened. Literate, polished literary entertainment." 04/15/2003

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0337
Product attributePublisher:   Washington Square Press
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