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Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer
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Jul 07, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, young-adult
Read in July, 2010

This time Meyer turns her imagination to Ann Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, and imagination it is, since so little of Shakespeare and Ann is known as fact. As with her other historical fiction, Meyer has Ann tell her own story. The love story is a strange one, at any rate, and Meyer has to deal with the 8 years difference in their ages, their "shotgun" wedding, with the premarital sex it involved (treated briefly and tastefully), and the fact that after not too many years, Shakespeare parted with his wife, not to live with her until most of his productive years were over. It's a hard tale to make attractive. Meyer does a creditable job, but the characters and personalities of the historical figures and most of the action is imagined, not factual, and students reading the story need to know that.
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