No Bed for Bacon
By Caryl Brahms, S.J. Simon
Why this book?
Brahms and Simon wrote this in 1941 as bombs fell on London. Featuring the likes of Queen Elizabeth I and Will Shakespeare, jokes fly fast. I recommend it for its humor in perilous times. The 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love replicates much of the story: see Ned Sherrin’s introduction to the 1999 paperback. What I love is the playfulness and clever liberties the authors take with their illustrious characters. They suggest that I’m overly earnest about names and chronology, though in Bedtrick, a historic male actor in Shakespeare’s troupe was born female. I can’t imitate Brahms and Simon’s light-hearted approach to historical accuracy, but No Bed for Bacon is a frolic that encourages a lighter touch, and my affection for my characters, I hope, equals theirs.
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