Charged in 1616 by the Earls of Pembroke and Montgomery to edit a folio of Shakespeare plays, writer Ben Jonson races against time to uncover the missing manuscripts by seeking out his former nemesis, the bedridden William Shaxper. But far more worrisome is that the Earl of Oxford's daughter, the Countess of Montgomery, wants the folio published as a tribute to her father. Could Lord Oxford's darkest secrets threaten the throne of King James?
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"Kline keeps the pages turning… a lively interpretation that will win Oxfordian approval and may even convince Stratfordians to suspend disbelief and enjoy it." —Kirkus Reviews
"The writing is adept, and the narrative is compelling...'Shakespeare's Changeling' is historical fiction at its finest..." --Chanticleer Book Reviews
I am an author and educator who believes that writers create within the context of their own experience. By helping students connect the real Shake-speare with his life and works, we enable them to see relationships in their own learning, thinking and writing. Was there more than one Shake-speare, or was he really Lord Oxford, a known writer of his time forced to hide behind his distant kinsman, a grain merchant from Stratford? Not sure? Read my controversial novel and think about it.
Ah, the chaos of moving! It’s a time for sorting clutter, trashing the unnecessary, and retaining only the significant. It’s a lot like editing a book! In the case of our upcoming move to another state, a huge orange dumpster occupies my driveway, its heavy metal mouth gaping open to receive vast quantities of unwanted junk that have accumulated over 51 years from four generations of my family. Like the metaphorical dumpster of editing, where words and sentences that don’t move the plot are tossed aside, it makes way for a revised and more streamlined version. I trim those things that no longer move the story while preserving key pieces of family history. Like editing, moving is a daunting challenge but not an impossible one.
Shakespeare's Changeling: A Controversial Literary Historical Novel
In conclusion, it is important that we connect an author with his or her work, especially in terms of Shakespeare and the world’s greatest plays. In doing so, we show students that writers create within the context of their experience and environment. Learning, thinking and writing merge, and the result is a completely unique individual perspective. This can be seen in John Steinbeck’s empathy with migrant farm workers, Mark Twain’s steamboat life on the Mississippi, Emily Dickinson’s reclusive spiritual reflections and Harper Lee’s childhood brush with racism. An author’s life experience is the framework for a literary masterpiece.