Harvard Yard by WILLIAM MARTIN

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Picking up where his runaway bestseller "Back Bay" left off, William Martin returns to Boston, this time bringing the history of Harvard University vibrantly to life.


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WILLIAM MARTIN, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis. Martin’s first novel, Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who continues to track artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination in more recent works like City of Dreams. Other Martin novels, such as Harvard Yard, Citizen Washington, and The Lost Constitution have established him as a “storyteller whose smoothness equals his ambition” (Publishers Weekly).  Martin has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made. He was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to “an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region.” There are more than three million copies of his books in print. William Martin has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife.
Published October 15, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 604 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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The generosity takes the form of paying for some, if not all, of the education of any student Harvard wants to admit, and, in the case of the fictional Wedge family, protecting the only surviving copy of Love’s Labors Won,” which Shakespeare himself gave to his friend, Stratford butcher, innkeepe...

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Martin, who introduced antiquarian Peter Fallon in his debut novel Back Bay (1979), brings him back for a second quest in this sprawling bibliomystery, which traces the tightly interlaced histories of the fictional Wedge family and Harvard University.

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In 1638, young Isaac Wedge settled uneasily into a fledgling school in Cambridge, starting a tradition of Harvard men in his family.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Peter Fallon, a South Boston boy whose father was a bricklayer, enjoyed his years at Harvard, as much for what he learned as for the friends he had made.

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Reviewing the Evidence

That book told the story of a Paul Revere tea set that had been lost and how Peter Fallon, a Harvard historian, found it in contemporary Boston, so when I heard that Martin was back with HARVARD YARD, I immediately wanted to read it.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Martin -- a Harvard alumnus himself -- is in grave danger of coming across as a misty-eyed old boy who is reliving his college days through the rosiest of rose-coloured specs.

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One of the legends associated with John Harvard is that the Bard, William Shakespeare, not only played matchmaker to his parents, but gifted them with an original manuscript of "Love's Labors Won" when their son was born.

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