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Shakespeare's Dog

Twentieth Anniversary Edition

by Leon Rooke, introduction by Shelagh Rogers

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published: Aug 2003
ISBN:9780887621277
publisher: Dundurn
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A tour de force of inventive wit Shakespeare’s Dog is the eccentric and high-spirited story of William Shakespeare and how he came to bed and wed Anne Hathaway.

Told from the point of view of the Bard’s dog, this astonishing novel of comic bliss, hailed as a triumph of language and an amusing delight.

About the Authors
Leon Rooke

Leon Rooke is an energetic and prolific storyteller whose writing is characterized by inventive language, experimental form and an extreme range of characters with distinctive voices. He has written a number of plays for radio and stage and produced numerous collections of short stories. It is his novels, however, that have received the most critical acclaim. Fat Woman (1980) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and won the Paperback Novel of the Year Award. Shakespeare's Dog won the Governor General's Award in 1983 and toured as a play as far afield as Barcelona and Edinburgh. A Good Baby was made into a feature film. Rooke founded the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 1989. In 2007, Rooke was made a member of the Order of Canada. Other awards include the Canada/Australia prize, the W. O. Mitchell Award, the North Carolina Award for Literature and two ReLits (for short fiction and poetry). In 2012, he was the winner of the Gloria Vanderbilt Carter V. Cooper Fiction Award. He lives in Toronto.

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Shelagh Rogers is the host of CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter, a program that profiles Canadian authors and songwriters
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Awards
  • Winner, Governor General's Award for Fiction
Editorial Reviews

A rollicking comic novel...a triumph of characterization and language.

— Toronto Star

Shakespeare's Dog is a breakthrough book. It's marvellously inventive, full of juicy delights.

— Globe and Mail

The most idiosyncratic and diverting of biographies of a man whose life stays shrouded in a lost quotidian...Leon Rooke's capacity for unusual kinds of empathy was already amply demonstrated in his last novel, Fat Woman. In Shakespeare's Dog he's put his talent to the test and passed triumphantly...a robust delight.

— Harper's

A veritable find, a novel to thoroughly delight and amuse the most jaded of readers...it is lickerish, witty and full of panache.

— Publishers Weekly

Exuberant...a triumph.

— Maclean's

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