The players a novel of the young shakespeare ms stephanie a cowell on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in 1564 a boy was born to a middle class family in the little town of stratford thirty four years later he would write hamlet in between was his both troubled and carefree childhood. The players by stephanie cowell is about the young will shakespeare and as such is quite fictional in spite of its lack of authenticity the book catches ones attention with its interweaving of shakespeares life with the writing and subject matter of his earlier works. Concentrating most of its entertaining span on the apprenticeship years of william shakespeare this novel is based both on fact and on the authors imagination a few short chapters introduce william as a stratford lad then as an unhappily married young man. The players a novel of the young shakespeare stephanie cowell a fictionalized biography of shakespeare tracing his life as a young man after working in stratford for his father who made gloves he abandons his wife and children for an acting career and . The players a novel of the young shakespeare stephanie cowell ww norton hardcover 252 pages april 1997 cowell possesses a rare talent that of submerging herself so completely in place time and character that her novel fairly sings with authenticity it is no mean feat to inhabit the world of one who lived centuries ago his reputation
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