Young Will: The Confessions of William Shakespeare

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Macmillan, Oct 13, 2004 - Fiction - 407 pages
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A fresh and vivid re-imagining of Shakespeare's early years in Stratford and in London

It's 1616 and William Shakespeare is back in his native Stratford-Upon-Avon. His extraordinary career as a playwright and poet in London seems like another world. A strange encounter with a witch-like madwoman in his local churchyard fills Will with dread, and sends him reeling back in memory to those darker days in London along the filthy, fevered banks of the Thames-a time when politics, plagiarism, sexual passions, and betrayed friendship conspired to the point of murder.

Author Bruce Cook perfectly captures Shakespeare's coming of age in a fresh and vivid way. The actors, teachers, lovers, and fellow writers spring to life in Shakespeare's confessions-especially a talented, twisted, compelling, and dangerous man called Kit Marlowe, who would change Will's life forever.

Shakespeare speaks, from first page to last, and tells everything. Literally everything...
 

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Although much of the account of these early years of the great playwright is speculative at best this is still an entertaining possible young Shakespeare. From Stratford-Upon-Avon to the streets of London, Bruce Cook recreates the late 16th Century and the life of theatre pretty splendidly. Read full review

Young Will: the confessions of William Shakespeare: a novel

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Where did Shakespeare spend 1582 to 1592? That decade makes up the lost years of his life, between his marriage to Anne Hathaway and his emergence as a writer. Presented as a series of confessions ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
31
Section 4
48
Section 5
63
Section 6
82
Section 7
99
Section 8
116
Section 12
173
Section 13
201
Section 14
230
Section 15
254
Section 16
278
Section 17
308
Section 18
334
Section 19
352

Section 9
118
Section 10
129
Section 11
152
Section 20
361
Section 21
409
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About the author (2004)

Bruce Cook wrote, under the name Bruce Alexander, ten superlative mysteries about the blind magistrate Sir John Fielding. He also wrote four contemporary mysteries about Los Angeles Detective Chico Cervantes. Cook was an editor and reviewer for such publications as Newsweek, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Daily News. Born and raised in Chicago, he lived with his wife, violinist Judith Aller, in Los Angeles, California.

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