With elegance, sympathy, and nuance, Her Infinite Variety celebrates the women in William Shakespeare's world. These lyrical stories move from Elizabethan London, where Shakespeare is drawn to the plight of the young wife of a wealthy friend, to a wintry Denmark, where Ophelia struggles to understand her love for Hamlet, and to Shakespeare's Stratford home, where his daughter Judith deliberately enters into a shameful marriage. At the center of this remarkable book is Shakespeare's enduring love for Anne Hathaway, his beautiful, passionate, illiterate wife. Together, the masterfully interwoven stories of Her Infinite Variety bring to life a Shakespeare who was formed by the women he loved -- and who loved him.
Pamela Rafael Berkman is the author of Her Infinite Variety: Stories of Shakespeare and the Women He Loved and The Falling Nun. Her short story “Duty” from Her Infinite Variety appears in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s leading national ELA curriculum, Collections, and the title story from The Falling Nun was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Pam is an acquiring editor at North Atlantic Books and has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.