The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare

The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare

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by Arliss Ryan
     
 

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An inventive and vibrant historical novel about the woman who dared to be the equal of the Bard of Avon.

Dramatizing a marriage born of passion and strained by ambition, Arliss Ryan's fascinating historical novel chronicles a love affair for the ages, and the story of a woman who dares to fulfill her own surprising destiny.

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An inventive and vibrant historical novel about the woman who dared to be the equal of the Bard of Avon.

Dramatizing a marriage born of passion and strained by ambition, Arliss Ryan's fascinating historical novel chronicles a love affair for the ages, and the story of a woman who dares to fulfill her own surprising destiny.

Anne Hathaway is weighing her prospects for marriage when a dalliance with young Will Shakespeare, the poetry-writing son of a rural glove- maker, leaves her pregnant and wed. When Will joins a traveling acting troupe and moves to London, Anne leaves their children in his parents' care and boldly follows him.

Taking up a new identity at Will's side, Anne supports his career as a struggling actor by sewing costumes and transcribing manuscripts in the rough-and-tumble world of London's theatres. As Will finds his true calling in writing, Anne's own literary skills begin to flower, leading to a secret collaboration that makes Will the foremost playwright in Elizabethan England.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ryan (The Kingsley House) posits a tantalizing what-if in this delightful novel: what if Anne Hathaway Shakespeare had been Shakespeare's silent writing partner? Ryan places Hathaway in the center of Elizabethan London, where she shines as an artist, has passionate affairs with Ben Jonson and Kit Marlowe, and secretly authors half of the most brilliant plays of the era. Hathaway is a strong character who-though she harps on the same issues throughout the book (a conflict over taking credit for her work versus being successful)-makes for an excellent narrator and a unique lens through which to view the familiar Elizabethan world. Granted, it's light on plot and slow to start, but the entertaining romp that follows makes those shortcomings easy to forgive.
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"Entertaining...Fans of historical fiction, especially that of Tudor-era London, will enjoy Anne's point of view and sweeping accounts of the times."
-Reader to Reader Reviews

"An entertaining and admirable novel that offers a surprising reinterpretation of Will Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, who shares, and helps shape, his dream."
-Sandra Worth, author of The King's Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen

"Arliss Ryan knows her Tudor London and the theater of that era. The Secret Confessions brings Anne Hathaway out of the shadows into real life, not as the neglected shrew William happily left behind in Stratford, but as a sensual, humorous, talented and daring woman. This is a compelling novel with unexpected turns in every satisfying chapter."
-Jeane Westin, author of His Last Letter

"Controversial and clever, daring and detailed, The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare out shocks any modern day tell-all. Anne, the feisty and dynamic narrator, gives us an in-depth view of her own life and of Queen Elizabeth's England. The novel is as sweeping and insightful, tragic and comic as some of the bard's own plays."
-Karen Harper, author of Mistress Shakespeare and The Queen's Governess

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229953
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Entertaining...Fans of historical fiction, especially that of Tudor-era London, will enjoy Anne's point of view and sweeping accounts of the times."
-Reader to Reader Reviews

"An entertaining and admirable novel that offers a surprising reinterpretation of Will Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, who shares, and helps shape, his dream."
-Sandra Worth, author of The King's Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen

"Arliss Ryan knows her Tudor London and the theater of that era. The Secret Confessions brings Anne Hathaway out of the shadows into real life, not as the neglected shrew William happily left behind in Stratford, but as a sensual, humorous, talented and daring woman. This is a compelling novel with unexpected turns in every satisfying chapter."
-Jeane Westin, author of His Last Letter

"Controversial and clever, daring and detailed, The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare out shocks any modern day tell-all. Anne, the feisty and dynamic narrator, gives us an in-depth view of her own life and of Queen Elizabeth's England. The novel is as sweeping and insightful, tragic and comic as some of the bard's own plays."
-Karen Harper, author of Mistress Shakespeare and The Queen's Governess

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Meet the Author

Arliss Ryan is the author of two previous novels. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida.

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