The Late Mr. Shakespeare

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 23, 1999 - Fiction - 999 pages
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.

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THE LATE MR. SHAKESPEARE

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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 ... Read full review

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Engaging from the start, Nye's novel never disappoints. In the guise of a bawdy "country history" of Shakespeare's life, with all of its attendant variations on the "facts," Pickleherring (our ... Read full review

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Robert Nye is a novelist and poet who was born in London. His novels include Falstaff, Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works, and The Voyage of the Destiny. He lives in Ireland.

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