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Will

Christopher Rush

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-097-1
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Cloth
Overlook
9/4/2008

Product Description

March 1616: William Shakespeare is dying, with his lawyer at his bedside. It is time to dictate his will. But how can a man put his affairs in order before he's come to terms with his past Acclaimed poet, novelist, and Shakespeare professor Christopher Rush has put thirty years of scholarship and creativity into this unforgettable re-imagining of the Bard's life. Rush takes readers right into the mind of William Shakespeare, a man whose almost superhuman art was forged from very human frailties and misfortunes. Will takes us back to Shakespeare's childhood, his first encounters with sex, and the dangers of politics and plague and love. We hear the chilling account of the Tyburn executions, see him crossing the frozen Thames with the wooden beams that would become the Globe theater, and return with him to Stratford on the heartbreaking journey to bury his only son.

Rush has created an utterly irresistible figure whose voice rings true across 400 years, irrepressible, bawdy, witty, and wise, his every word steeped in the situations and phrases of his own plays.

Praise for Will
"[Rush] takes us into Shakespeare's mind; he dares to speak in Shakespeare's words. Rush can't be accused of wearing his learning lightly...a bonanza for fans."--The Independent

"Masterful--a lifetime's engagement with Shakespeare's words informs every page."--James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

"Part literary genesis, part historical thriller,Will brims with bawdy luridness and graphic violence as Rush channels the first-person voice of the world's greatest writer. As a bedridden Will Shakespeare dictates his will to a gluttonous lawyer, he recounts the barbarous Renaissance times. Rush takes on contentious areas of the Bard's life, including his anticlericalism, the connection to assassinated rival Christopher Marlowe, the mystery of his son and the why of a master dramatist's turn to sonneteering. Some moments are decidedly didactic, as when Will dissects his own Twelfth Night. Nevertheless, this ravenous soliloquy fairly bursts with life." -Publishers Weekly

About the author
Christopher Rush is the author of twelve critically acclaimed works of fiction, memoir, and poetry, including A Twelvemonth and a Day, Venus Peter, and Hellfire and Herring. He taught Shakespeare for thirty years and now lives at Fife Ness.

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