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Grade 8 Up–With little factual material to work with (other than the famous second best bed bequeathed to her in Shakespeare's will), Meyer has created a fascinating, complex young woman. Agnes Anne Hathaway lost her mother in her early teen years, and her stepmother was cantankerous and verbally abusive. This first-person narrative follows the ups and downs of the subject's life as more children enter the home and she continues to feel lonely, shunted aside, and fearful of ever gaining real happiness. Since she's seven years older and a close friend of the family, she has known Will since his birth, and when he blossoms into a handsome, intelligent 18-year-old, she is mesmerized by his energy, charm, and creativity. Teenage girls will relate to Anne's rebellion against life's limitations and her fear of never being loved, and rural Elizabethan life is vividly depicted in this bittersweet romance.–Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN
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Agnes Hathaway's childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood have plenty of Cinderella elements: a wicked stepmother, at least one wicked stepsister (actually half sister) and her eventual rescue by an immature 18-year-old Will Shakespeare. Meyer does her usual fine job of weaving a fictionalized life tapestry from historical lives and events. Since little is actually known about Shakespeare, and even less about Agnes (Anne) Hathaway, Meyer had only snippets of information from which to work. Her speculations make for fascinating reading, as she works the slim facts into a story about a young woman frustrated by her inability to escape her family and drawn into a love, deemed socially inappropriate, for a much younger man. Readers looking for insight into Shakespeare will be disappointed. Those open to meeting a feisty young woman who is determined to live her own life in spite of societal confines, though, will be quickly absorbed by Meyer's vividly imagined portrayal of a courageous, long-suffering wife. Suggest Laurie Lawlor's The Two Lives of Will Shakespeare (2006) as a follow-up. Frances Bradburn
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152062211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152062217
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agnes "Anne" Hathaway has never had an easy life. She had a loving mother, and a wonderful family up until the day the sickness came, stealing the life of her beloved mother, and leaving her father a widower. Agnes feels that the family would have been able to survive, with just her, and her siblings; but father thinks differently, and takes an evil wife (Joan) to be Agnes' new stepmother. Joan treats Agnes as if she were lower than rat poison, and, eventually, when Agnes' father passes on, Joan begins to threaten the poor Agnes. Forcing her to become romantically involved with a man whose temper rages at anytime. The only consolation Agnes has in her life, is the affections of young Will Shakespeare. While Agnes is Will's senior by eight years, she finds herself drawn to the boy whom she saw in diapers, and soon finds herself sharing passionate embraces with the young poet. Will makes Agnes (whom he refers to as Anne) feel loved, and cared for. Something that she has not experienced since the death of both of her parents. Together, the two lovers begin sharing secrets, and planning a future. And, soon, when Will returns from his time abroad, Anne realizes that he is the one for her. The only problem is that Will craves a life of travel, and playacting; while Anne wants nothing more than a stable marriage, and a family to spend time with. Now, as the two grow closer and closer, Anne must make her choice...follow her heart, or take into consideration the unbelieving stares and whispers of those who feel that she's making a fool of herself.

I have read very few plays by Shakespeare. But those which I have devoured, were adored. Which is the main reason Carolyn Meyer's LOVING WILL SHAKESPEARE appealed to me so greatly.
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Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer

We know him for his famous plays, sonnets, and invention of many of the common words in our language. Additionally, he created cultural icons that we still refer to today in common situations: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear. In case you're about 600 years behind, I'm talking about William Shakespeare. Yes, the William Shakespeare. We know him for his work and influence on English literature, and historians speculate who he really was in private and what he did, but, Carolyn Meyer takes this in-depth speculation to a new level when she writes a fictional novel from the view point of Shakespeare's wife, Anne. Some of you may remember Anne as the wife Shakespeare left his second best bed to, but Meyer makes Anne just a little more memorable than history has allowed. Although most of the events portrayed are correctly arranged as to when they happened and the outcome, the conversations are predominantly fictional.

Born around 1555 and 1556, Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's elder by eight or nine years. She bore his children, managed his home, and waited for his return, but all in girlish vain as Shakespeare began a very public and prominent life in London. Historically speaking, not much is known about Anne Hathaway, but there is speculation that the Shakespeare-Hathaway marriage was result of a pregnancy and that the wedding that was forced on Shakespeare by the Hathaway family ended in a desperate loathing between Hathaway and Shakespeare. Meyer, however, portrays a much more pleasant version of the story, and aims to fill in the gaps with fiction.

In Meyer's version, Hathaway is a simple, English country girl who is living in a cramped cottage with her siblings and father after her mother's death.
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Easy-going story for the most part, with some pretty neat surprises. It's a good read for when you need to slow your brain down or your nerves are rattled. It relaxed me. Not one of my very favorite CM books, but I will keep it and read again.
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Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer

We know him for his famous plays, sonnets, and invention of many of the common words in our language. Additionally, he created cultural icons that we still refer to today in common situations: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear. In case you're about 600 years behind, I'm talking about William Shakespeare. Yes, the William Shakespeare. We know him for his work and influence on English literature, and historians speculate who he really was in private and what he did, but, Carolyn Meyer takes this in-depth speculation to a new level when she writes a fictional novel from the view point of Shakespeare's wife, Anne. Some of you may remember Anne as the wife Shakespeare left his second best bed to, but Meyer makes Anne just a little more memorable than history has allowed. Although most of the events portrayed are correctly arranged as to when they happened and the outcome, the conversations are predominantly fictional.

Born around 1555 and 1556, Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's elder by eight or nine years. She bore his children, managed his home, and waited for his return, but all in girlish vain as Shakespeare began a very public and prominent life in London. Historically speaking, not much is known about Anne Hathaway, but there is speculation that the Shakespeare-Hathaway marriage was result of a pregnancy and that the wedding that was forced on Shakespeare by the Hathaway family ended in a desperate loathing between Hathaway and Shakespeare. Meyer, however, portrays a much more pleasant version of the story, and aims to fill in the gaps with fiction.

In Meyer's version, Hathaway is a simple, English country girl who is living in a cramped cottage with her siblings and father after her mother's death.
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