The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0279 Wednesday, 9 February 2000.
From: Eric W Beato <
Date: Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 01:03:40 -0500
Subject: Re: Shakespeare Prequel Contest
Comment: SHK 11.0256 Re: Shakespeare Prequel Contest
Being familiar with previous works by Updike, I was predisposed to give
the novel a chance. As a general pattern, I do not expect a 'prequel'
to mean much. But I received by Book of the Month Club version
Saturday, read the novel Monday and am about to start on a second
While it is not HAMLET, and it is not Shakespeare, it is beautifully
written and makes several suppositions that, in the context of this
novel, really work. It is well-structured and uses outstanding
Overall, it is a great success. I am glad to have been among the first
to enjoy it.
Lisle IL Senior High School