Her Infinite Variety: Stories of Shakespeare and the Women He Loved

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With elegance, sympathy, and nuance, Her Infinite Variety celebrates the women in William Shakespeare's world. These lyrical stories move from Elizabethan London, where Shakespeare is drawn to the plight of the young wife of a wealthy friend, to a wintry Denmark, where Ophelia struggles to understand her love for Hamlet, and to Shakespeare's Stratford home, where his daughter Judith deliberately enters into a shameful marriage. At the center of this remarkable book is Shakespeare's enduring love for Anne Hathaway, his beautiful, passionate, illiterate wife. Together, the masterfully interwoven stories of Her Infinite Variety bring to life a Shakespeare who was formed by the women he loved—and who loved him.


"What a brave piece of work, to imagine Shakespeare's women...A book to stimulate the imagination and remind us of the riches of the Bard's legacy."
Susan Vreeland author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue

"These stories bring alive the women -- both real and imagined -- who delighted Shakespeare: and now delight us."
Andrea Barrett author of Ship Fever

"A visionary work -- I read it in thrall to Berkman's bold, brave crafting of these exquisite linked stories."
Lisa Shea author of Hula

"This book is a marvel! Sublimely imaginative and gorgeously wrought. The Bard himself would stand and applaud."
Robin Maxwell author of The Queen's Bastard