Posted on July 23, 2020 at 3:39 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We were struck by one line from author Maggie O'Farrell’s recent interview with NPR.

Of William Shakespeare, the father of her newest novel’s title character, she said: “I wanted them to think about him as a human being, rather than the behemoth that we, you know, know him as.”

To accomplish that, she never refers to the Bard by his name in that novel, Hamnet.

The book came out in March in the United Kingdom to much acclaim but has just now hit shelves in the United States; it imagines the mostly unknown life — and early death — of Shakespeare’s only son.

Read more about O’Farrell’s journey to actualize this book in the NPR interview transcript or listen to her (delightfully accented) thoughts below.

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