Will

Will

by Christopher Rush
     
 

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"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 has 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 reimagining of the Bard's… See more details below

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"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 has 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 reimagining of the Bard's life." Rush takes readers into the mind of William Shakespeare, a man whose almost superhuman art was forged from his very human frailties and misfortunes. Will takes us back to Shakespeare's childhood, his first encounters with sex, and his forays into the dangers of politics, 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.

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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:
1,425,907
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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