Rosalynd by Thomas Lodge


Genre: Classics
Page #: 128
Published in: 16th century originally, 1977 for this edition
Publisher: Edinburgh Press for this edition

Rating: [2/5]

Official Synopsis:

Interlaced with beautiful songs and lyrics, Lodge’s elegant “Rosalynd” is among the finest works of Elizabethan prose, of intrinsic interest in its own right and, as the source for “As You Like It,” essential reading for students of Shakespeare. The current image of English Renaissance literature, often confined to drama and poetry, will be enhanced by this new edition–the first accurate and annotated modern-spelling version of the text.

My Review: 

I had to read this book in my Topics of British Literature class last semester, and I will be totally honest here and say that I had no desire to read it at all. Plus, it is incredibly difficult to find. The one I ended up buying was like twenty bucks. For a paperback. Ridiculous.

In the book, the main character’s father dies and he finds out that his father left all of the wealth to the older brother. The older brother essentially keeps him as a slave until he escapes to a forest. Rosalynd, whom he has fallen in love with, flees to the forest as well, disguised as a man. They continue their courtship despite the fact that she is cross-dressing and he does not recognize her.

There are a lot of poems and songs in this book, which did not appeal to me very much. One of the main things I like is the way Rosalynd challenges gender norms and traditional gender roles for women. She is a very strong female character and is definitely past her time.

I would recommend this book to those interested in classic or Renaissance fiction. Other than that, it’s really not worth it.