By Jane Smiley
A profitable Iowa farmer makes a decision to divide his farm among his 3 daughters. whilst the youngest gadgets, she is lower out of his will. This units off a sequence of occasions that brings darkish truths to gentle and explodes long-suppressed feelings. An bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear forged upon a standard American group within the past due 20th century, A Thousand Acres takes on topics of fact, justice, love, and delight, and divulges the gorgeous but treacherous topography of humanity.
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There are hints of yet more ancient folk-memories as well, linking the local river with the body of a king. 72 Urban memory and legend thus provided ample material out of which to mould the story of Richard’s reburial in the river in the 1530s. ” Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 13 Part 2: August–December 1538 (1893), 155. 7² Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, trans. Lewis Thorpe (London: Penguin, 1966), 86. Geoffrey also describes the drowning of various figures from British antiquity in the rivers Severn and Humber, rivers that will mark Britain’s internal borders.
In 1538, some older citizens of Leicester would still have remembered the remarkable day in 1485 when two kings entered the city together, one in triumph, the other slung over a horse’s rump. Speed’s account of the matter draws a link between the passage of Richard’s body over Bow Bridge before and after Bosworth, and his supposed return to the same spot 53 years later. In the report that he was “borne out of the city” following the dissolution of Greyfriars, there is a hint of a mock royal progress.
52 If it was Buck who altered the 50 George Buck, The History of King Richard III, ed. Arthur Noel Kincaid (Gloucester: Alan Sutton, 1979), 217–18. An English translation of Buck’s version of the epitaph appears in John Hackett, Select and remarkable epitaphs on illustrious and other persons . . with translations of such as are in Latin (London, 1757), vol. 2, 92–3. I who am laid beneath this Marble Stone, Richard the Third, possess’d the British Throne. My Country’s Guardian in my Nephew’s claim, By Trust betray’d I to the Kingdom came.
A Thousand Acres: A Novel by Jane Smiley