The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet A Novel
A Divinity scholar at Wittenberg University, Horatio prides himself on his ability to argue both sides of any intellectual debate but is himself a skeptic, never fully believing in any philosophy. That is, until he meets the outrageous, provocative, and flamboyantly beautiful Prince of Denmark, who teaches him more about both Earth and Heaven than any of his books.
The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet . . .
Getting the inside scoop on William Shakespeare has gone beyond a cottage industry: It's become a full-blown urban renewal project. Who was this dude? Who really wrote the plays and sonnets? Was the Bard of Avon, wife-shirking son of a glove maker from some bumpkin town in the provinces, nothing but a front man, a willing and handy actor to play the role of theatrical genius while some aristocratic dandy pulled the strings from offstage? This has become more than a literary parlor game. Academic reputations are on the line.
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Hermes in such a roundabout manner. - Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Lambda Literary Award Finalist. First off, a confession: although I love Shakespeare and consider myself an avid Shakespearean scholar and reader, Hamlet has always been one of my least favorite Shakespeare plays. Fortunately, Myrlin A. While Guildenstern speculates repeatedly on the identity of Master Will, Rosencrantz is more preoccupied with eating:. I groaned with Guildenstern. And that is indeed a tragedy.
It doesn't get any more meta than this odd prequel, which recounts Hamlet's early years as a student at Wittenberg University. After Horatio, who narrates and quickly becomes obsessed with the beautiful Hamlet, is asked to translate and stage a play by the wealthy merchant Baron de Maricourt and his wife, Lady Adriane who shows a marked weakness for writers , Horatio casts Hamlet in a major role—that of a young woman—as a way of getting to spend time in his company. Soon, Horatio undertakes a series of sonnets to immortalize Hamlet, but when Adriane gets wind of Horatio's new project, she begins to interfere. Further complications arise with the arrival of a playwright named Will Shake-spear who threatens to usurp Horatio's position with Lady Adriane and Hamlet. Filled with out-of-context quotes from Hamlet , confusions in sexual identity more commonly found in Shakespeare's comedies, and cameo appearances by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the novel too self-consciously repurposes elements from Shakespeare's tragedy, rendering this a colorful if incidental prologue to the tragic events at Elsinore Castle. View Full Version of PW. Hermes, Author.
A Divinity scholar at Wittenberg University, Horatio prides himself on his ability to argue both sides of any intellectual debate but is himself a skeptic, never fully believing in any philosophy. That is, until he meets the outrageous, provocative, and flamboyantly beautiful Prince of Denmark, who teaches him more about both Earth and Heaven than any of his books. But Hamlet is also irrationally haunted by intimations of a tragic destiny he believes is preordained. When a freelance translation job turns into a full-scale theatrical production, Horatio arranges for the theater-loving prince to act in the play-disguised as the heroine! This attracts the attention of Horatio's patroness, the dark and manipulative Lady Adriana.