Frances Mason


Frances Mason is a resident of sunny Australia (consequently is too much i' the sun), loves great literature, especially Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Dawn Powell and Iris Murdoch, and is currently writing a fictional life of Shakespeare.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a life of Shakespeare.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tricky question; there are so many: Shakespeare, of course; Chaucer; Milton; Jane Austen; Dawn Powell; James Joyce; Anthony Burgess (especially his Elizabethan novels); Vladimir Nabokov; Chinua Achebe; Jean Rhys; Flann O'Brien; Gore Vidal (his essays mostly); Italo Calvino (especially If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, and Six Memos for the Next Millennium); Umberto Eco (especially Name of the Rose); Sartre (just his short stories); Joyce Cary (especially the Horse's Mouth; about an artist who will do anything to further his art, without considering trivial things like morality and gainful work; perhaps my favourite book of all time.); Iris Murdoch (especially her first novel, Under the Net, about a ratbag writer, of course); and probably many more that don't immediately come to mind.
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The Madhouse: A Play in Three Arbitrary Acts
Price: Free! Words: 19,410. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2019. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
If all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players, what's beyond the edge of the stage? Is anybody watching? Who's the writer? And who's directing this mad show? A play in three acts by the author of Rosemary for Remembrance.
Price: Free! Words: 54,210. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
The time of the Cusp nears, when even the immortals might fall and men become as gods. Corin Quick-fingers, young, brash and with a creative moral compass, defies the Thedran thieves' guild. Stealing should be fun, after all. But soon the young thief will find himself drawn into events both fateful and fantastic, as deep within the capital of the kingdom of corruption an ancient evil grows.
Rosemary for Remembrance:The Tragedy of Ophelia
Price: Free! Words: 65,880. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
We all think we know Ophelia’s story. Hers is a tragedy peripheral to the greater tragedy of Hamlet. But what if she were the centre? Imagine an Elsinore where identity and meaning are as fluid as water, where love and loss, life and death, past and present flow together and one woman’s imagination might have the power to transform the hell of madness itself into a kind of beauty.

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