An enthusiastic and unique assessment of the Shakespeare authorship question that, while still leaving the debate...

Thomas Sackville and the Shakespearean Glass Slipper

From the A 'Third Way' Shakespeare Authorship Scenario series , Vol. 2

An argument in favor of Thomas Sackville as the author of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry.

In this follow-up to The Apocryphal William Shakespeare (2011), Feldman expands on her contention that Elizabethan courtier Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, is the actual author of the plays and sonnets generally associated with William Shakespeare, while the actor William Shakespeare was actually responsible for a group of lesser plays mostly ignored by historians and critics. The book establishes 60 “attributes” that define the author (“Knowledge of the 1575 Kenilworth Festivities,” “Attracted to Both Magnificence and Simplicity”) then proceeds to find textual evidence for each attribute in Shakespeare’s writings, along with evidence that these clearly apply to Sackville. One chapter addresses each attribute’s applicability to writer Shakespeare, positing that few, if any, can be conclusively applied to the actor. The author is clearly knowledgeable about her subject, and she details her sources in an appendix of chapter notes, though as with The Apocryphal William Shakespeare, the format of the references makes it difficult to connect citations to the body of the narrative. While the idea that Thomas Sackville wrote Shakespeare’s plays may require too many assumptions and inferences to persuade the reader, Feldman is unquestionably convincing as a proponent of the pleasures of exploring the works from a new angle, “discovering how many lesser known and seldom performed Shakespearean works take on an entirely new interest and meaning from a Sackvillian perspective.” The arguments in favor of Thomas Sackville are unlikely to put an end to the ongoing debate over Shakespeare’s true identity, but Feldman has presented an engaging new perspective that gives Stratford-ian skeptics a strong new contender for the man behind the works.

An enthusiastic and unique assessment of the Shakespeare authorship question that, while still leaving the debate unresolved, may convince even open-minded Stratford-ians of the plausibility of its analysis.

Pub Date: Sept. 6, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-50-299647-3

Page Count: 384

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2015

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Nothing original, but in Hilderbrand’s hands it’s easy to get lost in the story.

BAREFOOT

Privileged 30-somethings hide from their woes in Nantucket.

Hilderbrand’s saga follows the lives of Melanie, Brenda and Vicki. Vicki, alpha mom and perfect wife, is battling late-stage lung cancer and, in an uncharacteristically flaky moment, opts for chemotherapy at the beach. Vicki shares ownership of a tiny Nantucket cottage with her younger sister Brenda. Brenda, a literature professor, tags along for the summer, partly out of familial duty, partly because she’s fleeing the fallout from her illicit affair with a student. As for Melanie, she gets a last minute invite from Vicki, after Melanie confides that Melanie’s husband is having an affair. Between Melanie and Brenda, Vicki feels her two young boys should have adequate supervision, but a disastrous first day on the island forces the trio to source some outside help. Enter Josh, the adorable and affable local who is hired to tend to the boys. On break from college, Josh learns about the pitfalls of mature love as he falls for the beauties in the snug abode. Josh likes beer, analysis-free relationships and hot older women. In a word, he’s believable. In addition to a healthy dose of testosterone, the novel is balanced by powerful descriptions of Vicki’s bond with her two boys. Emotions run high as she prepares for death.

Nothing original, but in Hilderbrand’s hands it’s easy to get lost in the story.

Pub Date: July 2, 2007

ISBN: 978-0-316-01858-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2007

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More about grief and tragedy than romance.

FRIENDS FOREVER

Five friends meet on their first day of kindergarten at the exclusive Atwood School and remain lifelong friends through tragedy and triumph.

When Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy and Sean meet in the toy kitchen of the kindergarten classroom on their first day of school, no one can know how strong the group’s friendship will remain. Despite their different personalities and interests, the five grow up together and become even closer as they come into their own talents and life paths. But tragedy will strike and strike again. Family troubles, abusive parents, drugs, alcohol, stress, grief and even random bad luck will put pressure on each of them individually and as a group. Known for her emotional romances, Steel makes a bit of a departure with this effort that follows a group of friends through young adulthood. But even as one tragedy after another befalls the friends, the impact of the events is blunted by a distant narrative style that lacks emotional intensity. 

More about grief and tragedy than romance.

Pub Date: July 24, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-385-34321-3

Page Count: 322

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2012

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