About The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet
• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (January 26, 2010)
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.
About Myrlin A. Hermes
Myrlin Ambrosia Hermes (yes, that is her real name) was born in 1975 to a pair of eccentric world-travellers who met in a ’60s San Francisco avant-garde theatre troupe and took their daughter to live for a year on a commune in India before landing on the island of Maui, Hawaii, where she was raised.
She has a degree in English Literature and Theatre from Reed College and studied Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
She is the author of the novel Careful What You Wish For, and has received grants and awards from the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Arts Council England. Her non-literary creative projects include an original collage-art Tarot deck, and she is a two-time challenge winner at Craftster.org.
She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is working on a historical novel about 17th-century playwright, spy, and proto-feminist rabble-rouser Aphra Behn.
Check out Myrlin’s website and also her blog.
Myrlin’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Wednesday, March 24th: Regular Rumination
Thursday, March 25th: Book Addiction
Monday, March 29th: Life in the Thumb
Thursday, April 1st: Steph and Tony Investigate
Monday, April 5th: Raging Bibliomania
Tuesday, April 6th: Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, April 7th: BookNAround
Thursday, April 8th: Laughing Stars
Monday, April 12th: Eclectic/Eccentric
Tuesday, April 13th: Books for Breakfast
Thursday, April 15th: Write Meg
Wednesday, April 21st: Worducopia
I just finished my review today of The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet. Myrlin is a talented writer and her book has become my new favorite. It’s inspired me to read Hamlet for the first time in 35 years! I have a whole new interest in the Bard.
Aloha from Rob