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Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
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May 21, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

“Mistress Shakespeare” by Karen Harper. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009.
Call Number: HARPER

Keeping in mind that this is historical fiction, it is commendable the way the author, Karen Harper, took a supposed discrepancy on William Shakespeare’s marriage certificate and created an entire story from it. Although there is some, but little, evidence to support the claim that Shakespeare had a second wife, it is clear that Harper did her research. She supplies details of Elizabethan England to portray what it was like to live in that era.
Mistress Shakespeare is a novel told from the point of view of Shakespeare’s second wife. Supposedly, Shakespeare was in love with Anne Whately and secretly married her the day before he was forced to marry Anne Hathaway. Anne Whately’s love for Shakespeare inspired her to spend her entire life dedicated to him and his journey to become the greatest writer of the Elizabethan Age. I enjoyed this story immensely and recommend it to all historical fiction readers.


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