The Shakespeare Mask


By Newton Frohlich

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In the 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 de Vere must write, he must do so anonymously, and employ a runner, an almost illiterate cobbler's son from Stratford, to claim his words.

Newton Frohlich, an attorney and the author of the celebrated historical novel 1492: The World of Christopher Columbus. He spent fifteen years traveling and researching unexplored questions about the poet and playwright we today know as Shakespeare. He is a member of the Shakespeare Oxford Society and the DeVere Society.

The Shakespeare Mask