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The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet

A Divinity scholar at Wittenburg University, Horatio prides himself on his ability to argue both sides of any intellectual debate, but as a result is a born skeptic, never able to fully buy into one particular philosophy. That is, until he meets Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark.

As Horatio gets closer to Prince Hamlet, and his own patroness, Lady Adriane, begins to take notice, a mysterious new poet shows up to challenge Horatio's new-found standing, a man called "Will Shake-spear." A bi-sexual love triangle inspired by Shakespeare's own sonnets quickly escalates, and Horatio is forced to choose between his skepticism and his love.

Laced with quotes, references, and in-jokes, cross-dressing, bed-tricks, and mistaken identity, this novel up-ends 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 anyone who has loved books like Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World and John Updike's Gertrude and Claudius.

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet
by Myrlin A. Hermes

  • Publication Date: January 26, 2010
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 006180519X
  • ISBN-13: 9780061805196