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Shadowplay Joseph O'Connor



Hardcover in DJ in Good Condition. Ex library copy, will have the markings and stickers associated from the library.

Set in the late-Victorian world of the London theater, Shadowplay tells the story of the first superstar thespian, the era’s greatest Shakespearian actor, and a young man who would go to write the most iconic and best-selling horror novel of all time.

Theater impresario Henry Irving was the world’s first superstar actor, a showman extraordinaire and a mesmerizing actor whose impact on popular entertainment invites comparisons to PT Barnum. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires as his assistant a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Abraham Stoker. Irving and Stoker both fall under the spell of Ellen Terry, a dazzlingly talented actress, known to all as a proto-feminist and the greatest Shakespearian actress of her day.

Stoker’s extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum, his tempestuous relationship with Irving himself, and the bittersweet closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspires him to write a novel that will become, after his death, the most famous and widely read supernatural tale ever published.