The Shakespeare Mask.
The Shakespeare Mask
Blue Bird Press
c/o Yorwerth Associates LLC
410 Fieldstone Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715
9780996048408, $29.99, 372pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In the early sixteenth century, a precocious young nobleman draws the attention of the Elizabethan court and of The Virgin Queen herself. A writer and patron of the arts, Edward de Vere is volatile, controversial-and brilliant. He leaves a trail of women and scandal in his wake. But his plays, when he's in the queen's good graces, charm the court. His sonnets turn feelings into sound. Yet the rules of the court say a nobleman may not publish. An earl's name is too sacred for the theater. If DeVere must write, he must do so anonymously, and employ a runner, an almost illiterate cobbler's son from Stratford by the name of William Shakespeare, to claim his words.
Critique: Author Newton Frohlich invested some fifteen years in researching the controversial life and times of William Shakespeare. The result is a truly impressive novel in which close attention has been paid to historical detail. An inherently fascinating and entertaining read from beginning to end, "The Shakespeare Mask" is very highly recommended for community and academic library Historical Fiction collections. Of special interest to Shakespear enthusiasts, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Shakespeare Mask" is also available in a paperback edition (9780996048439, $15.95) and in a Kindle format ($13.14).