My Dark Lady: Shakespeare's Lost Play [NOOK Book]


The year: 1580. The scene: Queen Elizabeth's glittering Court. Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, has just lost his heart to the Queen's newest maid of honor. Their forbidden love inspires him to compose 25 sonnets and a 5-hour play about his Dark Lady.

Yet, this tempestuous love story is ripped from history's pages, creating literature's greatest mystery. Told in her own ...
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The year: 1580. The scene: Queen Elizabeth's glittering Court. Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, has just lost his heart to the Queen's newest maid of honor. Their forbidden love inspires him to compose 25 sonnets and a 5-hour play about his Dark Lady.

Yet, this tempestuous love story is ripped from history's pages, creating literature's greatest mystery. Told in her own words, the Dark Lady's stunning story climaxes with a surprisingly satisfying solution to the authorship riddle.

"My Dark Lady: Shakespeare's Lost Play": A gloriously intoxicating blend of intellectual thriller, literary fireworks and compelling storytelling.

Oscar-winning director, Lynne Littman, describes this powerful, fast-paced novel as "Shakespeare in Love" meets "Braveheart" with a generous sprinkling of "Amadeus" and "Anonymous."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013206786
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  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 553 KB

Meet the Author

Dan Walker is the pseudonym of a longtime member of the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable in Beverly Hills. Since graduating from Oxford University with a Masters degree, he has worked as a writer, producer, book editor and ghostwriter.

All these roles have supported Dan's early love of Shakespeare. He has, for instance, produced videos for the Roundtable featuring such experts as film critic, Charles Champlin and Charles Beauclerk, a descendant of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, debating the authorship question.

Like William Shakespeare, Dan was educated at a grammar school in Warwickshire. This gave him an early and very personal perspective on the authorship issue. Surveying the vast wealth of learning and wisdom in these peerless plays, he quickly concluded: "If I wasn't taught more than a fraction of this material as a schoolboy in the 1900s, it's unlikely that Shakespeare was taught all of it in the 1500s."

Dan recently attended a pre-release screening of "Anonymous" at Sony Studios. Here, he had an opportunity to congratulate director Roland Emmerich on his highly entertaining contribution to the authorship debate - a stirring movie that will inspire audiences to delve into the fascinating question: Who wrote these wonderful plays?

Dan's own answer, which avoids the extremes of Roland's discredited "Prince Tudor" double incest plot line, is detailed in his new novel, "My Dark Lady: Shakespeare's Lost Play." Dan's inspiration was a simple question: "Is there anything that the Dark Lady of the Sonnets wouldn't have known about the man who was Shakespeare?"

This richly detailed intellectual thriller takes readers on an unforgettable journey through Renaissance England. By focusing on the forbidden romance between Edward de Vere and Queen Elizabeth's most beautiful maid of honor, Dan has produced a completely riveting and surprisingly satisfying solution to the authorship riddle.
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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    FAST and EXCITING story of intrigue and spies and cruel masters in the time of the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets.

    Fire burns from page one to the end of this novel which exposes the real story behind the famous author, whose pen name was Shakespeare. Dan Walker has captured the excitement of the times--a GREAT read. I wanted to start reading another book by Walker right away.
    Unexpected twists and turns make you jump in your chair and gasp. Set in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, victims of the cruel and conniving masters who dominate the Queen's Court draw us into their world as they try to carve a refuge for themselves even as spies peer through the peep holes. It is hard to leave this story once you step into the exotic world of evil that surrounds the Court and suppresses the brilliant playwrite whose gift includes timeless plays that portray human nature, then and now. As always, love and evil are woven through the intrigue--can love win this struggle?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    The Dark Lady's tale is historically accurate AND highly entertaining.

    I cannot recommend this romantic read too highly for these who find most of the Shakespeare authorship books too academic. If you're looking for something to take to the beach, give this new novel a nook.

    Walker came up with the idea of making the Dark Lady of the Sonnets his narrator, and he's wrapped his entire story around this strong and beguiling female character. It's a new approach, one that makes for a very refreshing twist on the usual testosterone-fueled intrigues of Elizabeth's Court.

    Best of all, if you're looking for an easily digested, entertaining overview of the authorship debate, Walker's done the work for you. His research into both this Golden Era and the authorship issues is deep and compelling. His treatment of Marlowe alone is worth the price of admission.

    In sum, Dan presents a fun and credible, not to mention delicious, take on the authorship riddle without resorting to the debunked double incest extremes of Roland Emmerich's movie (which will win Oscars, just not in the History category).

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