In Conversation: Andrea Chapin and James Shapiro
Tuesday February 24, 2015
|Photo Credit: Ric Kallaher (Chapin) and Mary Cregin (Shapiro)|
Authors Andrea Chapin and James Shapiro came together to discuss Chapin's debut novel, The Tutor.
About The Tutor
Set at the brutally turbulent height of Elizabethan England’s Catholic persecution, Katharine de L’Isle is a thirty-one-year-old widow who spends her days reading within the lush confines of Lufanwal Hall, the home of her distinguished uncle Sir Edward and his family. The arrival of a new schoolmaster, the witty and irresistibly charming William Shakespeare, marks the beginning of a passionate affair that not only turns Katharine’s world on its head, but inspires the most sensual narrative poem of Shakespeare’s career.
Delightfully thrilling to the very end, The Tutor is a gorgeously written story about the perils of love and ambition rich with fascinating history, gripping twists and steamy encounters.
Andrea Chapin acted professionally, touring Germany in Edward Albee’s Seascape. She has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, including The Paris Review, Conjunctions and The Lincoln Center Theater Review. She has written for More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, Martha Stewart Living, and other publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
James Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. His books include Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010), the anthology Shakespeare in America (2014), and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, which will be published in October 2015. He has been awarded fellowships from the NEH, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company and of the Folger Shakespeare Library, is Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at New York’s Public Theater, and as Vice President of the Authors Guild. In 2011 he was
inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.