Second Best Bed
In Search of Anne Hathaway

By Mita Scott Hedges
December 2000
Book Guild, UK
ISBN: 1-85776-516-8
213 Page
$22.95 paper original


Taking its title from Shakespeare's legacy to his wife in his will, this novel contains two intertwined stories. The first is of an American drama professor's journey to England, her decision to visit Stratford, and her search for information about Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, to whom the playwright was married for 30 years and yet about whom next to nothing is known. The other part of the novel creates what might have been the courtship and marriage of Anne to William Shakespeare, making history come alive and presenting us with a fictional Anne Hathaway, no longer just a shadow in her husband's path to fame.

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