The Dark Lady's Mask

The story of England's first professional female poet and her love affair with William Shakespeare.

By Mary Sharratt Read by Jilly Bond Fiction / Historical / Literary English, Unabridged 15h 15m Sell Sheet Also available on
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12 Audio CDs April 15, 2016 $59.99 $47.99 9781520004372 Add to Cart
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							Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful and accomplished, but her societal  conformity ends there. She frequently cross-dresses to escape her loveless  marriage and gain freedoms only men enjoy, but a chance encounter with a  ragged, little-known poet named Shakespeare changes everything. They leave  plague-ridden London for Italy, where they begin secretly writing comedies.  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. The Dark Lady's Mask gives voice to a real Renaissance  woman.

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