This story is from Mary Cowden Clarke's multi-volume work The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines, in which she imagined the early lives of characters from Portia to Beatrice to Lady Macbeth. In her revision of from Hamlet, she creates a backstory for Shakespeare's tragic heroine, from her infancy to just before the action of Hamlet begins. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)
About the Author - Mary Cowden Clarke
Mary Cowden Clarke (née Novello) (22 June 1809 – 12 January 1898) was an English author.
She was the eldest daughter of Vincent Novello. In 1828, she married her father's partner, Charles Cowden Clarke, and worked with him on Shakespeare studies.
In the year after her marriage, Mary Cowden Clarke began her valuable Shakespeare concordance, which was eventually issued in eighteen monthly parts (1844–1845), and in volume form in 1845 as The Complete Concordance to Shakespeare, being a Verbal Index to all the Passages in the Dramatic Works of the Poet. This work superseded the Copious Index to ... Shakespeare (1790) of Samuel Ayscough, and the Complete Verbal Index ... (1805–1807) of Francis Twiss. (Summary from Wikipedia)
About the Narrator - Elizabeth Klett
Reading books out loud has long been a passion for Elizabeth Klett. She has been a professional audiobook narrator since 2011, and has produced recordings for Audible/ACX and Iambik. She has been recording free audiobooks for LibriVox since 2007, and has produced solo recordings of novels, short stories, and poetry. Elizabeth has a B.A. in Theatre from Drew University (one of the top theatre programs in the U.S.), and has recorded a variety of dramatic projects, performing roles ranging from Lady Macbeth to Antigone to Juliet. She also holds M.A. and doctoral degrees in English literature from the University of Illinois and teaches at a university in Houston, TX. Her expertise in analyzing and understanding literature makes her recordings particularly enjoyable for her listeners. She also gets a lot of daily experience reading aloud, thanks to her book-loving five-year-old daughter.
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