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Title:
Shylock's daughter : A novel of love in Venice
Author:
Jong, Erica.
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Publication Information:
New York : W. W. Norton and Comp., 2003.

©1987
Physical Description:
225 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Previously published as "Serenissima."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780395429228

9780393324921
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Summary

When the beautiful Jessica Pruitt arrives in Venice to star in a film based on The Merchant of Venice, she is preoccupied: she has recently lost custody of her daughter, and as an older actress she is increasingly aware of the difficulty of landing leading roles. One day, as she wanders through an old Jewish ghetto, Jessica is magically transported to sixteenth-century Venice where she finds herself the heroine of "Will" Shakespeare's play. Immediately attracted to the younger playwright, Jessica enters into an intensely passionate love affair that defies time and place. Reading group guide included.


Author Notes

Erica Jong was born on March 26, 1942. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. in 18th Century English Literature from Columbia University. She also attended Columbia University's graduate writing program where she studied poetry. She has written numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and non-fiction works including Fruits and Vegetables, Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Sappho's Leap, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, and It Was Eight Years Ago Today (But It Seems Like Eighty). She has received numerous awards including the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence, and the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Erica Jong was born on March 26, 1942. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. in 18th Century English Literature from Columbia University. She also attended Columbia University's graduate writing program where she studied poetry. She has written numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and non-fiction works including Fruits and Vegetables, Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Sappho's Leap, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, and It Was Eight Years Ago Today (But It Seems Like Eighty). She has received numerous awards including the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence, and the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of Fear of Flying and Fanny utilizes her poetry, interwoven with that of Shakespeare, to convey the mutable, none-too-serene Venice in which this semi-fantastical novel is set. Arriving to judge the Venice film festival, movie star Jessica Pruitt carries the old weight of her mother's suicide and the recent loss of her only daughter in a custody battle. When the festival erupts in mayhem, possibly ruining her chance to star in a brilliant adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, she retreats into a fever that transports her back to the 16th century Jewish ghetto. There, as Shalach's daughter Jessica, she entrances a young Will Shakespeare traveling with his lover, Lord Southhampton. Although their romance and its perils are a grand showcase for Jong's novelistic skill, uneven, excessively florid prose and brittle interjections frequently disrupt the narrative, to jarring effect. 100,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate; author tour. (April 23) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

With a Shakespearean fairy tale as a point of departure, Jong creates a literary fantasy: an American actress, who has always found succor in Shakespeare, wishes herself back in time to become the bard's muse and lover. It could happen only in the wondrous city of Venice, which draws Jessica Pruitt to its film festival and to the role of Shylock's daughter in a film based on The Merchant of Venice. The festival is a disaster, and Jessicawith the power of a witch's magic and her own willis back in the Venice of 1592. As in Fanny ( LJ 7/80), Jong writes wonderfully in the language of the past, capturing its rhythm and vocabulary while adding a modern twist. Jong the novelist is playful, sometimes bawdy, but Jong the poet also leaves her shimmery touch on this delightful fantasy. Literary Guild alternate. Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.