Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint

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Scribner Book Company
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.83 inches | 0.0 pounds

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About the Author

Lee Durkee is the author of The Last Taxi Driver, named a Kirkus Reviews Best Novel of 2021, Rides of the Midway, and Stalking Shakespeare. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, The Sun, Oxford American, Zoetrope: All Story, and Mississippi Noir. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.


Advance Praise for Stalking Shakespeare

"One of the boldest, most exhilarating books I've read this year. Durkee is a great raconteur, whose curiosity and love for literature is positively contagious. Somewhere Shakespeare--whatever he actually looked like--is smiling." --George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo

"Stalking Shakespeare is beautiful, weird, poignant, genre-bending, and should rattle the zeitgeist. Follow Lee Durkee as he tries to glimpse the true face of the Bard and, along the way, maybe catch sight of his own true face, too." --Wright Thompson, senior writer for ESPN and author of Pappyland

"Full-on, absolute genius. Stalking Shakespeare is smart, funny, wise, genuine, and most important, relentlessly entertaining from start to finish. I've never read anything quite as surprising and set apart as this book--Lee Durkee has hit the jackpot." --Martin Clark, author of The Substitution Order

"Lee Durkee's brilliant memoir Stalking Shakespeare is a nesting doll--the outside shows various takes on the Bard's visage, but inside there's obsession, madness, drugs and booze, murder, good fatherhood, confusion, humanity, unrequited love, heart and soul. For readers interested in Shakespeare, art history, conniving scholars, or any of the book's locales: Vermont, Japan, Mississippi, England. And it's hilarious. This memoir deserves a shelf of its own. Perfect." --George Singleton, author of You Want More: Selected Stories