Sunday, April 27, 2003

Miranda her litel Booke contains big discovery

Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of CorkDid a nameless, homeless Christopher Marlowe take on the identity and reputation of the man pictured above, Richard Boyle - and rise in power and wealth to become "first and great Irish earl of Cork"? I've contacted author Darby Mitchell about this and other possibilities presented in her new novel, an ingenious tale that uses all non-fiction materials --biographical records of Richard Boyle, John Boyle, Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare, chronologically, showing what each is doing at what time, so that the reader gets a comparative chronological view of the persons and the time. The narrator, Miranda, and her style, and the letters between R. Boyle and Shakespeare are fictional.

Thanks to John Baker for telling me about it. You can visit the Castle Publishing page for this book and read a the first entry from Richard Boyle's diary


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