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What if Shakespeare found himself living in modern-day Manhattan? The Sonnets follows Will Marlowe, a Columbia University English professor, who, while teaching a class on Shakespeare, realizes that his life is beginning to parallel the Bard's sonnets. Although married to a woman named Anne, Will falls for a handsome young man who inspires him, and becomes involved with a dark, mysterious, feminist graduate student. Nudging into the fray is the university poet, a rival of Will's, who tries to steal the young man away. Will is now forced to face the funny and disastrous consequences of these contending forces. This darkly erotic and humorous novel satirizes academia, contemporary love and sex, and the world of urban cool.
State University of New York Press, 9780791449776, 163pp.
Publication Date: April 19, 2001
About the Author
Lennard J. Davis is Professor and Head of the English Department, as well as Professor of Disability Studies and Human Development, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His works include Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel and My Sense of Silence: Memoir of a Childhood with Deafness.
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