The real tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is not that the title characters die. What is far more tragic is that Juliet actually ends up with a mere player whose cheesy pickup lines only sound good in iambic pentameter and whose sole goal is to bed her while the perfect-in-every-way Paris is waiting to commit to marriage. The Properer Man spins the characters from Shakespeare’s famous play into a twenty-first American setting. It features the patient Harvard-educated suitor Con Pierce, Julia Cappell and her real estate tycoon father, a pop star Rome Ayo, and of course Dr. Shaelyn K. Speare, who supplies a happy ending that’s much more satisfying than a stage littered with corpses.
The Properer Man will appeal to readers who want to spend a long afternoon in a modern world where perfect men do exist, although allusions to Shakespeare’s characters, story line, imagery, and oft-quoted passages mean the novella can also encourage literature students to analyze how a writer transforms source material.
|Publication date||August 31,2023|
|Interior Color||Black and White|
|Book Size||6.000" x 9.000" (229mm x 152mm)|
The oldest of four children, Beth Fuchs is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. On her mission to reform American public schools, she fell in love with teaching. She is especially committed to proving, through classic literature, that human nature does not change. The Properer Man was born of that belief and was mentally composed and revised during her morning runs. When Beth is not teaching, reading, and writing, she’s watching her two sons play baseball. She hopes they’ve been raised to someday qualify as escapees from the island of perfect men.
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