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The Bard and The Barman Merrill Hatlen

The Bard and The Barman By Merrill Hatlen

The Bard and The Barman by Merrill Hatlen

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An irreverent account of Shakespeare's lost years in France, including his encounters with Good King Henri and Miguel de Cervantes.

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The Bard and The Barman: An Account of Shakespeare's Lost Years by Merrill Hatlen

The Bard and the Barman is a marked departure from humdrum explanations for Shakespeare's lost years. Scholars have looked too close to home, failing to see that the Bard was a Francophile at heart, as is evident in one of his early plays, Love's Labor Lost, obviously based on Good King Henri of France. Due to the journal of a barman at London's Bayside Inn, where Shakespeare stayed during his apprenticeship as a playwright, we now know the scoop. Not only does the barman shed light on Shakespeare's coming-of-age in France, but he reveals why the Bard had to destroy the sequel to his first attempt at comedy, leaving a batch of lovesick characters frozen in time. Thank goodness that the rather foolish, but observant barman took it upon himself to follow in the footsteps of Plutarch, recording the Bard's confessions for posterity. Perhaps the barman's greatest revelation is that Shakespeare was no armchair traveler, but spent as much time as possible in France, where the climate and cuisine were more conducive to his tastes. His travels also help account for his encounters with Henri IV and Miguel de Cervantes (who died the day before Shakespeare). In short, the Bard didn't just write drama, he lived it.

About Merrill Hatlen

With a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Merrill Hatlen's professional life in social services and public health has been balanced by his involvement in filmmaking, photography, and writing; he paid his dues by typing his first novel on a manual Smith Corona. The course of his life was altered by spending three years in France, inspiring five novels, two screenplays, and a stage play (intended as a sequel to the Bard's Love's Labor Lost). A world traveler since an extended honeymoon in Europe, he and his wife have ventured as far as Greece, Morocco and China.

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The Bard and The Barman: An Account of Shakespeare's Lost Years by Merrill Hatlen
Burton Mayers Books
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