Skip to Main Content

Her Infinite Variety

Stories of Shakespeare and the Women He Loved


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.

Susan Vreeland author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue What a brave piece of work, to imagine Shakespeare's women...A book to stimulate the imagination and remind us of the riches of the Bard's legacy.

Andrea Barrett author of Ship Fever These stories bring alive the women -- both real and imagined -- who delighted Shakespeare: and now delight us.

Lisa Shea author of Hula A visionary work -- I read it in thrall to Berkman's bold, brave crafting of these exquisite linked stories.

Robin Maxwell author of The Queen's Bastard This book is a marvel! Sublimely imaginative and gorgeously wrought. The Bard himself would stand and applaud.

More books from this author: Pamela Rafael Berkman