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The wife of Willesden

Smith, Zadie (Author). Chaucer, Geoffrey -1400 Based on: Wife of Bath's tale. (Added Author).

Summary: "In her stage-writing debut, celebrated novelist and essayist Zadie Smith brings to life a comedic and cutting twenty-first century translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's classic The Wife of Bath. The Wife of Willesden follows Alvita, a Jamaican-born British woman in her mid-50s, as she tells her life story to a band of strangers in a small pub on the Kilburn High Road. Wearing fake gold chains, dressed in knock-off designer clothes, and speaking in a mixture of London slang and patois, Alvita recalls her five marriages in outrageous, bawdy detail, rewrites her mistakes as triumphs, and shares her beliefs on femininity, sexuality, and misogyny with anyone willing to listen. A thoughtful reimagining of an unforgettable narrative of female sexual power, written with singular verve and wit, The Wife of Willesden shows why Zadie Smith is one of the sharpest and most versatile writers working today."--


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  • ISBN: 9780735246973 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: print
    xviii, 189 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: 2023

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General Note:
"Incorporating: The Wife of Willesden' Tale which tale is preceded by The General Lock-in and The Wife of Willesden's Prologue and followed by A Retraction ; told in verse couplets ; translated from the Chaucerian into North Weezian"--Title page.
Subject: Chaucer, Geoffrey -- -1400 -- Adaptations
English literature -- Drama -- 21st century
English drama -- 21st century
Women -- Drama
Women -- Poetry
Genre: Theatrical adaptations.
Verse drama.
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