by Michael Malone


$17.99 $19.99 Save 10% Current price is $17.99, Original price is $19.99. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, June 25


Professor Theo Ryan lives a quiet life teaching drama at Cavendish University in North Carolina, but everything gets turned upside down when he meets Ford Rexford—America's best-known playwright. Ford is the most talented and the most impossible man Theo has ever met. And Ford's genius, his reckless romanticism, and his fearless love of life profoundly influence the reticent scholar.

When Ford discovers that Theo has written a play, a madcap journey begins that pushes the young recluse out of the wings onto the bright, bustling stages of life and love. There he finds himself playing roles he never would have thought possible. In his most hilarious book since Handling Sin, Michael Malone has created a story as wildly funny as it is profoundly wise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402239359
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 671,744
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, a collection of short stories, and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he is now a professor in Theater Studies at Duke University. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife.


Hillsborough, North Carolina

Place of Birth:

Durham, North Carolina


B.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University

Table of Contents

-Prologue -1
I-{scene: Rome, and the Neighborhood} -5
1-Whispers -6
2 -A Cry Within -21
3-Flourish -32
4-Aside -41
5-A Bell Rings -48
6-Music Is Heard -57
II-{scene: A Playhouse} -63
7-Here a Dance -64
8-They Speak Together -73
9-Enter Disguised -81
10-Aloft -87
11-Enter a Messenger with a Letter -94
12-A Trumpet Sounds -104
13-Thunder and Lightning -112
14-Storm Still -120
III-{scene: An Island} -131
15-Enter Time, a Chorus -132
16-A Banquet Is Prepared -142
17-Enter a Gentleman -148
18-Enter Several Strange Shapes -158
19-Exit Disguised and Muffled -165
IV-{scene: London, and Other Parts of England} -173
20-Enter the Messenger, as Before -174
21-Enter a Soothsayer -185
22-The Manor Bourne -200
23-A Great Procession -220
24-Accepts a Favor -235
25-Sound Retreat, Afar Off -250
26-Exit the Guardsman -268
V-{scene: Various Stages} -279
27-Interlude -280
28-Throws Down a Glove -294
29-Enter Two or Three Lords -312
30-Enter Bastard -324
31-General Alarum -340
32-They All Enter the Circle -350
33-Exeunt All But... -361
Epilogue -373

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Foolscap 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have a new favorite writer. Foolscape is the first book of Michael Malone's that I have read,and if the rest are anything like it, I will have a delightful time exploring them, also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel had a great opening of events and character progression, but soon found it fizzle as I followed the narrator with out his right hand man. Also the tone seemed to change in an awkward way that I felt didn't quite fit. It took me quite awhile to finish this book as I found myself losing touch with the characters and inevitably feigning interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago