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The Two Loves of Will Shakespeare

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In this highly entertaining novel, Laurie Lawlor muses on a historical mystery: how there came to be two different marriage license applications taken out on consecutive dates in November 1582 between eighteen-year-old William Shakespeare and two different women, both named Anne.
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Holiday House (first published 2006)
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Meet Will Shakespeare, a lazy, boozing, promiscuous teenager from Stratford-upon-Avon. When he isn't busy avoiding work in his father's glove shop, or sneaking off with the local barmaid, he's finding a way to obtain admittance into the frivolous plays that his town's clergy condemns. The fanciful dialogue greatly inspires Will, and when his friend, Richard, asks him to help compose some verses for his beloved, Will gladly obliges.

Aided by his ambitious si
Jul 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Told from Shakespeare's perspective, THE TWO LOVES... is an account of how he just happened to file two marriage license applications on consecutive days for two different women both named Anne. One Anne is rich, beautiful, noble, intelligent, the inspiration of his sonnets, and the former fiancee of his best friend. The other Anne is ugly, poor, ignorant, ill-mannered (of bad temperment) but willing to sneak out of the house at any time for arranged trysts in barns, fields, wherever. Will Shake ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
got this as a christmas gift... i wanted jane eyre at that time and i was practically demanding it from my secret santa. she still gave me this though. it was ok, to be honest. better than jane eyre i guess, since i really don't like jane eyre that much.
Stephanie A.
Or as I like to call it, "how to make Shakespeare relevant to young teenagers." Even I was surprised by how interesting I found the setting.
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Laurie Lawlor grew up in a family enamored with the theater. Along with her five brothers and sisters she spent summers in a summer stock repertory company in a small mountain town in Colorado that was run by their mother (costumer, cook, accountant, and resident psychiatrist) and their father (artistic director).