By Any Other Name

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Cover Art for 9780593497210, By Any Other Name by Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 9780593497210
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 20 August, 2024 , in about 1 month
Format: Hardcover
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No.1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult brings to life the woman many believe was the real playwright behind the work of William Shakespeare alongside a contemporary story of a New York author suffering the same fate of being silenced. Two women, centuries apart-one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare's plays-are both forced to hide behind another name to make their voices heard. In 1581, Emilia Bassano-like most young women of her day-is allowed no voice of her own. But as the Lord Chamberlain's mistress, she has access to all theatre in England, and finds a way to bring her work to the stage secretly. And yet, creating some of the world's greatest dramatic masterpieces comes at great cost: by paying a man for the use of his name, she will write her own out of history. In the present, playwright Melina Green has just written a new work inspired by the life of her Elizabethan ancestor Emilia Bassano. Although the challenges are different four hundred years later, the playing field is still not level for women in theatre. Would Melina-like Emilia-be willing to forfeit her credit as author, just for a chance to see her work performed? Told in intertwining narratives, this sweeping tale of ambition, courage, and desire asks what price each woman is willing to pay to see their work live on-even if it means they will be forgotten.

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