I’m an author of books on Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, a Professor of English at Central Michigan University, a mother, a knitter, a reader, a reviewer of historical novels, and the property of an exceedingly fine cat indeed.
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Today is Ben Jonson’s 450th birthday. He’s not around to celebrate, of course, so I’ll raise a glass in his honor and re-read Bartholomew Fair, my favorite of his plays and the source of my career. I wrote about Ben himself on this straggly blog 9 years ago, and don’t have anything to add to […]Read More
I just finished Lauren Groff’s Matrix and wow! Here’s the review I posted on Goodreads: Marie de France has been imagined in historical fiction before; she’s a tempting subject because her life story is a blank and we have only her gorgeous writings: Lanval, Bisclavet, the Fables, the lais, the legends of the saints. Lauren […]Read More
Here are a few of the recent reviews I’ve posted on Goodreads that are not for Historical Novels Review — my favorite reads of 2021 so far… The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown & Co.) Even putting aside this astounding novel’s accidental timeliness, it renders with laser focus a historical moment […]Read More