I’ve been obsessed lately with a missing Shakespeare play. Apparently, in Shakespeare’s day, the King’s Men performed a play called Cardenio. It was written by good ole’ Will with his successor as playwright-in-chief John Fletcher.
Cardenio was performed twice but never made it into the First Folio. Will’s friends chose not to include plays that he collaborated on. (Let that be a lesson to all those writers out there who think they need a writing partner.)
Well anyway, Cardenio was based on a segment in Cervantes’ Don Quixote. But a legitimate copy of it has never been found. Digging around, I found two mystery novels that use the missing Cardenio as the basis for their plots. Neither book was a work of art, but they were both entertaining.
Looking for Cardenio by Jean Baxter
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
Can you imagine finding a long-lost play by William Shakespeare?