This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Shakespeare References in The Love Letter
Sometimes I’m surprised when I find a Shakespeare reference
in a certain book. Not this time. The
Love Letter, a novel by Cathleen Schine, centers on a woman who owns a book
store, so I was fully expecting at least one reference to Shakespeare. There
are two. The first is a reference to Shakespeare himself, not a specific play: “He
felt a surge of giddy, shameless pleasure, garrulous and expansive, as if he were
on stage, as if his voice boomed magnificent lines, Shakespeare, Chekhov,
Kaufman and Hart” (p. 105). The second reference is to Shakespeare, as well as
(sort of) to Hamlet: “She had named
her store Horatio Street Books out of nostalgia for her last address – and because
it had a slight Shakespearian ring to it” (p. 201).
The Love Letter
was published in 1995. The edition I read was published in 1999.