Harvard Yard Book Summary and Study Guide

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Warner, Oct 2003, 25.95, 580 pp.
ISBN: 0446530840

One of the legends associated with John Harvard is that the Bard, William Shakespeare, not only played matchmaker to his parents, but gifted them with an original manuscript of “Love's Labors Won” when their son was born. John inherited the work and other tomes from his father and took the entire collection to New England. Between his donation of his library and money to the university led to the honor of the school being named for him. For years, most people assumed that, if the manuscript existed, it was lost to the fire of 1764.
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However, the Wedge family, generations of alumni of Harvard from the beginning until now, protected the surviving copy of “Love's Labors Won" starting with Isaac, concerned that the Puritans would burn the manuscript. As antiquities dealer Peter Fallon beats the bush (sorry – bad pun and wrong school) by playing his university political connections to gain entrance for his son, a modern day Wedge implies that his family saved a valuable Shakespeare play. Suddenly the chase to find the tome is on with Fallon in the lead, but organized crime is just on his heels.

The sequel to BACK BAY is an entertaining look at the history of Harvard University inside an amateur sleuth mystery. The story line never takes itself too seriously yet provides a taste of the school over the centuries and an intriguing comparative analysis of alumni from various eras. Except for Eli who will not accept that all's well that ends well in HARVARD YARD, fans of fun frolics with a strong history bent will appreciate William Martin's homage to the Ivy League school.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   breaking up gang If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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