Mrs. Shakespeare by Robert Nye
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Writing her memoirs seven years after her husband's death, Anne Hathaway reminisces about her now-famous husband, recalling in particular that week in April, 1594, when the still-struggling poet and playwright invited her to London to celebrate his thirtieth birthday, and what happened to her in a certain strange bed in his lodgings above a fishmonger's shop. In telling that story, and any others, she casts a brilliant new light on Shakespeare-a very close look at the master by one who shared his bed but never bothered to read him. This is a riot of scholarship and bawdy writing.

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Robert Nye FRSL (born 1939) is an English poet who has also written novels and plays as well as stories for children. His bestselling novel, Falstaff, was published in 1976 and won both The Hawthornden Prize and Guardian Prize for fiction. Nye was born in London. He published his first poem 'Kingfisher' in the London Magazine by the age of 16. During the early 1970s Nye wrote several plays for BBC radio including A Bloody Stupid Hole (1970). His selected poems, entitled The Rain and The Glass, published in 2005, won the Cholmondeley Award.
Published January 1, 1993 by Penguin. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The darling.” Digressive she is, too (“It has taken me 122 pages of my little vellum-bound book to get me and Mr Shakespeare from London Bridge to the door of his London lodgings”), though she digresses ever with a sly and deft genius that lets her bring past and present together and thereby brin...

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I read my Bible."" When Nye, author of the Hawthorndon Prize- and the Guardian Fiction Prize-winning Falstaff, finally reveals the dramatic secret of the bedDnamely who gave it to William, why and what actions have taken place in itDthe marital romp that ensues illustrates Nye's amusing theory th...

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