September 23rd, 2019 | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA
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“As a university lecturer, I’ve heard a few students say that Shakespeare no longer needs to be taught, especially in high school. I recommend that parents get this book for younger readers, so that subsequently they will be so enthusiastic about ANYTHING Shakespeare, they will eagerly read, act, learn about Shakespeare plays and poems.” – Verified Buyer
Reviewed by Kirsten @ Mobius
Historical Fiction, Biography, Classical Arts
Behind-the-scenes historical fiction making Shakespeare accessible to all.
An informative and quick read, Good Will: Shakespeare’s Novel Life, is a fictional biography of William Shakespeare throughout his adult life. Beginning at the age of 18 and ending at the age of 49 (merely 3 years before his death), this novel explores how William Shakespeare went from being a glover’s son with only a grade school education to one of the most well-known and infamous playwrights in history. Good Will combines family dynamics, financial challenges, and historical information, representing Shakespeare as a real person with family and friends who help him realize his dreams and develop his natural writing talents. From avoiding the plague to meeting Queen Elizabeth, Good Will: Shakespeare’s Novel Life takes the reader on a journey through how Shakespeare came to be the legend we all know him as today.
Extremely well-researched with believable dialogue, Good Will: Shakespeare’s Novel Life is a piece of historical fiction that bestows a humanity to a typically academic portrayal of William Shakespeare. Quick and easy to read (unlike Shakespeare himself), this novel allows Shakespeare’s works to appeal to a broad range of readers, making them accessible and desirable where they otherwise may not be. The Wiggins’ find an incredible way to bring historical figures to life while also presenting an eye-opening and informative depiction of Renaissance theatre and Renaissance life. It is clear that this work is a labor of love on the part of the authors, with incredible attention to detail and little-known facts peppered throughout. By the end of the book, readers will feel like they know William Shakespeare and have played a part in his life.
Good Will: Shakespeare’s Novel Life is a captivating fictional biography that allows the reader to connect to William Shakespeare on a level that has not before been achieved.
About the authors: Barbara M. Wiggins taught reading comprehension and writing at middle school, high school, and college levels for 27 years. Arthur W. Wiggins, distinguished Professor Emeritus of physics and astronomy, was a research aerospace engineer for eight years, then taught at Oakland Community College in Michigan for thirty-seven years.
The book has been reviewed over 3x. Cover art has been awarded a 4 star rating by Mobius. Goodreads rating avg. of 5.0, Amazon rating 5 stars. Comparative title: Shakespeare, The World Stage, by Bill Bryson.
Abstract terms: Historical Fiction, Shakespeare, Classic, Artistic, Good Will, Sidney Harris, Literary, Drama, Play
Published by First Edition Design Publishing, in paperback and eBook formats. The book contains approximately 206 pages. Genre: Historical Fiction, Classical Art, ISBN PBK, 9781506908434, ISBN EBK, 9781506908458.