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Tiffany draws on Shakespeare again for two novels

Aug. 1, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Grace C. Tiffany, professor of English at Western Michigan University, recently published her third and fourth novels, "The Turquoise Ring" and "Ariel." Both novels are adaptations of Shakespearian plays.

"The Turquoise Ring" is a retelling of "The Merchant of Venice" from the point of view of the female characters in the play. "Ariel," which is slated for a young teen audience, is centered on the fairy in Shakespeare's comedy "The Tempest."

Tiffany is best known for her 2003 novel "My Father Had A Daughter," which received critical acclaim and was chosen as an alternate selection for both the Literary Guild and the Book-of-the-Month Club. The story's main character is the youngest daughter of William Shakespeare. Her second novel, "Will," dealt more directly with Shakespeare and the relationship between him and his wife.

Tiffany has published a number of scholarly works on Shakespeare and hopes that her novels lead uninitiated readers to be intrigued enough to proceed on to his works. She also has written a screenplay for "My Father Had A Daughter," which has been optioned by producer James Burke.

The list price for "The Turquoise Ring" is $23.95, and "Ariel" has a list price of $16.99. Both are available through all major bookstores.

Tiffany has been a faculty member at WMU since 1995. She earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1979 and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and 1989, respectively. Prior to joining the WMU faculty, she taught at Fordham University and the University of New Orleans.

Media contact: Benjamin Myers, (269) 387-8400, ben.myers@wmich.edu

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