Chasing Shakespeares

Chasing Shakespeares

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
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.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2004
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780743464833
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 02, 2012

I really wanted to enjoy this book. I've always been interested in Shakespeare & the age old debate of who actually wrote the famous words. The stories & information on the various historical figures is impressive & the author obviously knows her stuff. But ultimately, I found one of the protagonists just too annoying to "listen" to, a valley girl that intruded on and detracted from the parts of the novel I did enjoy & couldn't be bothered to finish it, a rarity for me.

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