Will

Will

by Christopher Rush
     
 

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The story the Bard writing his will "a bonanza" (Independent) for Shakespeare fans and a future feature film starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
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

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The story the Bard writing his will "a bonanza" (Independent) for Shakespeare fans and a future feature film starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
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 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.

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Publishers Weekly

Part literary genesis, part historical thriller, the latest from Rush (A Twelvemonth and a Day, etc.) brims with bawdy luridness and graphic violence as he 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 barbarous Renaissance times, from the plague-ridden streets of "sweltering Stratford" to gory slaughterhouse days before landing his first job at the Rose Theatre, through to the "Bloody Mary burnings" and tortures of the Counter-Reformation ("the nipples crisped and torn off with white-hot pincers... tender tongue, sensitive as a snail, quivering in the vice, while long needles go savagely to work") and beyond. 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. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590202548
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
08/05/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,219,525
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

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