Author T.J. King launches new marketing push for collection of English sonnets

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‘What Fool Would Challenge Shakespeare?’ dares to contest skills of supreme sonneteer

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Besides veneration as unequaled playwright, William Shakespeare is revered as one of history’s greatest poets. The preface of author T.J. King’s book “What Fool Would Challenge Shakespeare?: Going Toe to Toe with the Champion Sonneteer” (published by Trafford Publishing), however, identifies certain shortcomings in the bard’s sonnet collection, which King says leaves the title of champion open to question.

A new marketing campaign for “What Fool Would Challenge Shakespeare?” brings King’s 99 sonnets and his challenge against the Bard of Avon’s 154 sonnets to a wider audience in 2015.

Fully admitting his awe at many of his adversary’s verses, King invites his readers to get a sense of the conflict and fun in the idea of an underdog going up against an acknowledged and widely accepted world champion. Embracing the same poetic form utilized by that champion, King hopes the new uses to which he puts traditional verse will renew for readers the forgotten pleasure available in the structured play of rhyme and meter.

“Within our age’s Zeitgeist that encourages self-indulgent sloppiness in published poetry,” King says, “I wish to imprint the importance of craft structurally disciplined and aimed at a poem’s specific consummation.”

“What Fool Would Challenge Shakespeare?”
By T.J. King
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781490729145
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781490729138
E-Book | 192 pages | ISBN 9781490729152
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
T.J. King is the author of “The Great Matrimonial Debate,” “By Blessings Bewildered,” “Something to Stand the Rain,” “Prithee Save These From the Fire” and “Known by the Darkling Thrush.” For 30 years, he taught English at American River College in Sacramento. He currently lives in Carmichael, California, with his wife, Dar.

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