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In the Spotlight: Myrlin A. Hermes

The Book: A Divinity scholar at Wittenberg University, Horatio prides himself on his ability to argue both sides of any intellectual debate but is himself a skeptic, never fully believing in any philosophy. That is, until he meets the outrageous, provocative, and flamboyantly beautiful Prince of Denmark, who teaches him more about both Earth and Heaven than any of his books. But Hamlet is also irrationally haunted by intimations of a tragic destiny he believes is preordained.

When a freelance translation job turns into a full-scale theatrical production, Horatio arranges for the theater-loving prince to act in the play-disguised as the heroine! This attracts the attention of Horatio′s patroness, the dark and manipulative Lady Adriana. A voracious and astute reader of both books and people, she performs her own seductions to test whether the "platonic true-love" described in his poems is truly so platonic. But when a mysterious rival poet calling himself "Will Shake-speare" begins to court both Prince Hamlet and his Dark Lady, Horatio is forced to choose between his skepticism and his love.

Laced with quotes, references, and in-jokes, cross-dressing, bed-tricks, mistaken identity, and a bisexual love-triangle inspired by Shakespeare′s own sonnets, this novel upends everything you thought you knew about Hamlet. Witty, insightful, playful, and truly wise about the greatest works of the Bard, THE LUNATIC, THE LOVER, AND THE POET is a delectable treat for people that have loved books like Stephen Greenblatt′s WILL IN THE WORLD and John Updike′s GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS.

Amazon: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006180519X
ISBN-13: 978-0061805196

The Author: Myrlin A. Hermes was born in California in 1975. Her parents, eccentric world-travelers who had met in a '60s San Francisco experimental theatre troupe, took their four-year-old daughter to live for a year on an ashram in India before settling on the island of Maui, Hawaii, where she was raised. Her father designed and built sets for local theatres, and Myrlin grew up performing on stage, reading Shakespeare from the age of nine.

She has a degree in English Literature and Theatre from Reed College, and studied creative writing with Poet Laureate Andrew Motion at the University of London (Royal Holloway). She has received grants and awards from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Arts Council England, and her poetry has been featured in the Notre Dame Review.She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

http://www.myrlinahermes.com/

Top Gay Novels List (*)

First Decade (2000-2009): http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.htm

Second Decade (2010-2019): http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.2.htm

*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

Other titles not in the top 100 list: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/top50MM
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