Paint: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady

Paint: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady

By Grace Tiffany
2013 | 978-0-86698-802-5 | Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
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Emilia Bassano is only a teenager when she’s pitched among the poets, politicians, and painted women of the Elizabethan court. Withdrawn and pensive by nature, she devises a remarkable strategy to preserve her own solitude. At first it works. But she’s soon shocked to find that, so far from truly hiding, she’s attracted the gaze of every courtier and aspiring poet on the scene, including the canniest, hungriest, and strangest one of them all.

About the Author:
Grace Tiffany is a professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University, and the author of five historical novels set in the Middle Ages or the English Renaissance. Her fiction has been honored by the American Library Association and by Book Sense 76, the “best books” list of the association of American independent bookstores. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and maintains a blog at

Grace Tiffany’s depiction of seventeenth-century poet Emilia Lanier is by turns poignant and hilarious. This Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets will do anything to see her own work in print. Get set for a story of murder, blackmail, seduction — and makeup.
—Bonnie Jo Campbell,
Bestselling author of Once Upon a River and American Salvage, National Book Award Finalist