The Late Mr. Shakespeare by Robert Nye

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From "one of our best living novelists"(Peter Ackroyd) comes the most original, exciting, and provocative novel about Shakespeare since Anthony Burgess's classic Nothing Like the Sun.

Our guide to the life of the Bard is an actor called Pickleherring, who asserts that as a boy he was an original member of Shakespeare's acting troupe. In an attic above a brothel in Restoration London--a half century after Shakespeare has departed the stage--Pickleherring, now an old man, sits down to write the full story of his former friend, mentor, and master. Fond, faithful Pickleherring has forgotten nothing over the years, and using sources both firsthand and far-fetched he means to set the record straight. Was Shakespeare ever actually "in love"? Did he write his own plays? Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets? Brilliantly in tune with today's Shakespeare renaissance, Robert Nye gives us an outrageous, language-loving, and edifying romp through the life and times of the greatest writer who ever lived.

"Outrageous and deliciously obscene. . . . Deserves a place on the same shelf with Shakespeare's plays. Never from a work of scholarship or criticism have I learned so much about Shakespeare and his art than from this novel, nor do I remember reading a more lovable book."-- Marvin Hunt, San Francisco Examiner

"Fantastic, poignant, bizarre . . . Nye skillfully summons up the sights, sounds, and language of Pickleherring's time and place."-- Los Angeles Times

About Robert Nye

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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, 1998 by Chatto and Windus. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The latest of poet-novelist Nye's mellifluous revisionist looks at celebrated literary and historical figures (Falstaff, 1981; etc.): a high-spirited, sexy, and only occasionally tedious collection of riffs on topics suggested by the life, literary legacy, and reputation of the greatest of all wr...

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Late Mr. Shakespeare

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The author of Falstaff, Merlin and The Memoirs of Lord Byron takes on WS himself, producing a lively, bawdy gallimaufry of anecdotes, facts and fictions that inevitably will be compared to Anthony Bur

Apr 26 1999 | Read Full Review of The Late Mr. Shakespeare

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