The Dark Lady's Mask

The Dark Lady's Mask

A Novel of Shakespeare's Muse

Book - 2016
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London, 1593. Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful and accomplished, but her societal conformity ends there. She frequently cross-dresses to escape her loveless marriage and to gain freedoms only men enjoy, but a chance encounter with a ragged, little-known poet named Shakespeare changes everything. Aemilia grabs at the chance to pursue her long-held dream of writing and the two outsiders strike up a literary bargain. They leave plague-ridden London for Italy, where they begin secretly writing comedies together and where Will falls in love with the beautiful country - and with Aemilia, his Dark Lady. Their Italian idyll, though, cannot last and their collaborative affair comes to a devastating end. Will gains fame and fortune for their plays back in London and years later publishes the sonnets mocking his former muse. Not one to stand by in humiliation, Aemilia takes up her own pen in her defense and in defense of all women.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ISBN: 9780544300767
Branch Call Number: SHARR
Characteristics: 398 pages ; 24 cm

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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 21, 2017

Disguised as a man, Aemilia Lanier falls in love with a poor poet. The plays she writes later bring him fame, not her.

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Memawrayne
Jun 28, 2016

An interesting "period" piece with info on women during the Renaissance. Shakespeare seemed a little more human, even if it is not all fact.

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