400 years after his death, we are still celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy, but who were his female literary contemporaries and why don’t we know more about them? Author Mary Sharratt will discuss some of the greatest women writers you’ve never heard of. She’ll also address Renaissance literature’s fascination with rollicking and adventurous women, such as legendary outlaw, Moll Cutpurse, the real life inspiration of Dekker and Middleton’s play, The Roaring Girl.
Mary Sharratt will sell her books at the conclusion of this event.
Bio: Author Mary Sharratt is on a mission to write women back into history. Her acclaimed novels include Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, which won the 2013 Nautilus Gold Award and was a Kirkus Book of the Year. Born in Minnesota, she currently lives in England. A passionate Shakespeare enthusiast and a regular theatre goer, her explorations into the hidden histories of Renaissance women compelled her to write her latest novel, The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse, which celebrates the life of Aemilia Bassano Lanier, England’s first professional female writer. The Dark Lady’s Mask was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Visit her website: www.marysharratt.com