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My father had a daughter : Judith Shakespeare's tale
Grace Tiffany
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From Publishers' Weekly:

An ordinary girl seeks revenge on her celebrated father in Tiffany's debut, a fictionalized "memoir" by the Bard's youngest daughter, Judith. From earliest childhood, Judith and twin brother Hamnet are in awe of their "da," "the scribbling one," whose rare visits to their Stratford home bring tales of London playhouses and fairy queens. When Hamnet accidentally drowns during a game Judith proposes, she is guilt stricken; when she finds her grief used as material for Twelfth Night, she blames her absentee father. "Why should I not steal to London and shame him?" she asks rhetorically. Now a big, gawky 14-year-old, she arrives in London disguised as "Castor Popworthy," determined to sabotage the play's opening night. But as Judith infiltrates her father's state-of-the-art Globe Theater, she's swept up by the joys of playacting, hobnobbing with such legendary thespians as Richard Burbage, Will Kemp and the dangerously attractive Nathan Field, who demands her "maidenhead" to safeguard her secret . These London scenes, though wildly implausible, provide a brisk and vivid introduction to Elizabethan theater. But when "da" finally figures out that his new Viola is none other than his daughter and grimly ships her back to Stratford, Tiffany has nowhere to go with Judith's character. Unlike the tragic, talented "Judith Shakespeare" Virginia Woolf imagined so memorably in A Room of One's Own, Tiffany's character merely ages, mired in adolescent angst and gender confusion. Despite the use of Elizabethan flourishes, her language is often jarringly modern ("post-play pride," "stylized"). But what's most contemporary is Tiffany's assumption that readers will be interested in one more tell-all account by the neglected offspring of a celebrity parent. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fans of British historical fiction and Shakespeare lovers alike will enthusiastically welcome Tiffany's debut novel about the life of William Shakespeare's daughter, Judith. Shakespeare's children hardly knew him, since his work left him little time to spend at their home in Stratford. A terrible tragedy strikes the family when Judith is 11 years old, and shortly after she is enraged to find her father seemingly mock her grief in a scene from his newest play. She devises a plan to run away to London disguised as a boy and sabotage the production. Once there, Judith is seduced by the magic of theater, discovering that she has a talent for acting. She is sent home when her father learns of her masquerade but continues to defy society's conventions by seeking employment and refusing to marry. Tiffany has created an audacious and astute young woman-very much like the heroines of Shakespeare's plays-and presents a view of the life and psyche of the playwright that is unparalleled and fascinating. Her richly detailed portrayal of Elizabethan England and a woman's place in it is enthralling. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset Cty. Lib., Bridgewater, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters William Shakespeare
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Married
Playwright

Judith Shakespeare
Female
Age: 14
Twin
William's daughter; both idolizes and detests her father.



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