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Mystery
  • Author:
    Sarah Smith
  • ISBN:
    0743464834
  • ISBN13:
    978-0743464833
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  • Publisher:
    Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (May 18, 2004)
  • Pages:
    352 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Mystery
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  • Rating:
    4.3
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Full disclosure: Sarah Smith, author of "Chasing Shakespeares: A Novel", is a friend and former work colleague. An extraordinary novel, the best fictional description of the controversy surrounding Shakespeare's identity I've ever read.

Full disclosure: Sarah Smith, author of "Chasing Shakespeares: A Novel", is a friend and former work colleague. I immediately went out and bought this book for my theatre friends. Smith's writing is smooth as silk, drawing you in to this strange little subculture. The physical details of London are rendered so vividly, you finish the novel feeling like you've just come back from a vacation.

Chasing Shakespeares book. Meet Joe Roper, tough-minded young graduate student, who has. Like Joe Roper, I want Shakespeare to be Shakespeare too - but what if? Sarah Smith captures beautifully the terrible spiritual, even moral, ambivalence that lies at the heart of the Shakespeare authorship question. Was Shakespeare Shakespeare? Does it matter if he wasn't?

Sarah Smith has created a novel that rivals A. S. Byatt's Possession in its rich and . Every now and then I come across a book that I can't put down. Chasing Shakespeares is one of them. I am a Shakespeare collector who has delved into the author controversy.

Sarah Smith has created a novel that rivals A. Byatt's Possession in its rich and fast-moving blend of literary history and page-turning suspense.

Chasing Shakespeares : a novel. by. Smith, Sarah, 1947-. He's been passionate about Shakespeare since reading a duct-taped paperback copy of Macbeth as a kid. But if all the world's a stage, Joe's working-class roots do little to prepare him for his role in the academic arena. Enter Posy Gould, stage right. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Americans, Playwriting, Literary historians. New York : Atria Books. Internet Archive Books. t on September 13, 2011.

Chasing Shakespeares: A Novel. Meet Joe Roper, a thoroughly modern graduate student who has landed the job of a lifetime working in the famed Kellogg Collection of Elizabethan texts and curiosities.

Joe's been passionate about Shakespeare since he read a duct-taped paperback at age nine and found the witches, warriors, murders, and ghosts as much fun as Stephen King, but his working-class roots make him a fish out of water in the academic world. Sarah Smith has created a novel that rivals A.

Meet Joe Roper, a thoroughly modern graduate student who has landed the job of a lifetime working in the famed Kellogg Collection of Elizabethan texts and curiosities.

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With this exhilarating novel from the author the San Francisco Chronicle calls "daring" and "splendid," Sarah Smith cuts to the heart of one of literature's most fascinating and enduring mysteries: the enigma of Sir William Shakespeare. Meet Joe Roper, a thoroughly modern graduate student who has landed the job of a lifetime working in the famed Kellogg Collection of Elizabethan texts and curiosities. He's been passionate about Shakespeare since reading a duct-taped paperback copy of Macbeth as a kid. But if all the world's a stage, Joe's working-class roots do little to prepare him for his role in the academic arena. Enter Posy Gould, stage right. A glamorous rising star at Harvard, she insists that a letter Joe's found, signed by one W. Shakespeare of Stratford, is a career-making discovery for them both -- particularly because the letter suggests that the plays were not written from Shakespeare's quill. What follows is a literary adventure story that places Joe and Posy in a world where the London Eye looks out over Shakespeare's city, Hollywood producers rub elbows with the Queen's court, and an unsolved mystery spans across five centuries and two continents. A first-rate thriller from one of the masters of the genre, Chasing Shakespeares is also an enduring tale about love, art, and poetic justice.

Querlaca
I remember vaguely hearing about the authorship mystery in high school, but had never really read about it. This book was in my amazon.com recommendations, and I bought it because it seemed interesting.

I have a degree in history and know a lot about British history, having also lived there for a while. But I've never been a huge Shakespeare fan, so a lot of the references were really obscure and didn't really mean much to me. I liked this book, though, because I could sort of skim over a lot of that obscure stuff and still not feel like I missed much.

I absolutely loved the writing - I lived in London, and her descriptions took me right back. The character development was stunning. The plot twist totally shocked me. And it got me really interested in the authorship mystery and has inspired me to read further about it.

My only gripe would be that there were times when it did move a bit slow for me, but that was mostly because it was when Joe was doing some bit of research which was being described in great detail, so I would just skip ahead a few paragraphs.

Definitely a great book!
Nothing personal
I enjoyed every word of this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this sub-genre of literary / historical / mystery / thrillers.

If one has any interest in the "authorship question" - whether or not you are familiar with the theories discussed by the characters - this book is as good a starting point as any. If you are a fan of "Anonymous" (the film) this is a fine way to dig in deeper.

Full disclosure: Sarah Smith, author of "Chasing Shakespeares: A Novel", is a friend and former work colleague. That said, I wouldn't bother to read her work, much less contribute a review, if I did not believe that her work is top-notch.
Risa
I was initially slightly skeptical about a popular novel which would attempt to take on the Shakespeare Authorship Issue, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this wonderful book.

The author has managed to craft an action packed and informative storyline which reveals much about the prejudices of professional Shakespeare scholars while also poking fun at the foibles of the sometimes brilliant, sometimes zany amateurs on the opposite side of the issue.

The writing is highly accessible even as the characters plumb some of the more arcane backwaters of Late Renaissance / Early Modern scholarship as it applies to the Shakespeare Mystery, taking special care to make sure that the reader never gets left behind.

The bottom line: This novel educates and entertains on a topic which is frequently emotionally heated, politically charged and intellectually challenging...and it does so while being very fair to both sides of the issue.

Well done !!
Kazimi
This was a very interesting read, packed with history and fascinating facts about Shakespeare and his contemporaries. As an English teacher, I have read about the different theories about attempts to authenticate the works and the man, but I had never really attempted to put the pieces of the puzzle together as this book does. I now feel obligated to check out the leads provided to settle this mystery for myself!
Niwield
I don't read a lot of fiction for the simple fact that I have not found much of it that teaches me anything new.
I found myself reading this book as it came highly recomended and found myself very pleasantly surprised.
The charecters are interesting,the story is engrossing and upon finishing it, the first thing I wanted to do was run out and find out more factual information on the subject of the story.
Was William Shakespere actually the man who wrote "Shakespere"?
I would have never even known that famous authorship was in question til I read this book.
Lovely, lovely lovely made up story made even more fascinating by the fact that much of the tale is in fact, quite real.
Thetalas
An extraordinary novel, the best fictional description of the controversy surrounding Shakespeare's identity I've ever read. I immediately went out and bought this book for my theatre friends. Smith's writing is smooth as silk, drawing you in to this strange little subculture. The physical details of London are rendered so vividly, you finish the novel feeling like you've just come back from a vacation. Delightful.
GEL
Even if you think you don't care about the question of Shakespeare authorship, have never heard of it even being a question, or have a passionate point of view already, this riveting novel will make it all vividly present and exciting to you. A terrific read, smart and fun.
Interesting idea and nicely thought out. However, the characters were not believable which is a shame because this good have been a really super book.