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Shakespeare's Scribe (Shakespeare Stealer) Paperback – 22 Feb 2002

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (22 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142300667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142300664
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,757,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mr. Blackwood's descriptions of the travelling players, with their hierarchical system, their draft horses pulling the carewares, and their method of performing is utterly convincing, as also are the pressures the group faces from rival players, bandits, threat of plague, and their reception in the various towns. Characterisation is believable, showing that while history may change, human nature does not.' (Books Ireland) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include "WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN," and "THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER," are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He and his wife and kids live outside Carthage, MO.

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Orphaned Widge has found an adopted family in Shakespeare's company of players and is working his way up the hierarchy of meatier female roles (no girls were allowed on stage in those days). But he still doesn't feel entirely secure and when a more talented young actor joins the Chamberlain's Men, the rivalry between the two of them threatens to become corrosive.

But soon there are worse problems to worry about. The Plague strikes London, closing down the theatres, and forcing the company onto the road. It's a tough life and Blackwood writes vividly about the hardships of awful weather, hostile provincial towns and constant battles against sickness, skulduggery and destitution.

Then Widge meets someone who claims to be his father, and is thrilled when the stranger joins the company. When money begins to go missing and a string of disasters hit the players, Widge is reluctant to believe that his new-found parent could be a threat to the company's fortunes. He has some painful growing up to do before he can return to the Globe and continue his dramatic career.

Young readers looking for a colourful and exciting recreation of Shakespeare's world, warts and all, without too much soppy romance and with a well-drawn hero, will find plenty to enjoy in this second installment of Widge's adventures.
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