A Mirror in Time: History in First Person–Reflections on Love, Relationships & Marriage by Doris Gwaltney. presents a series of fifteen fictional monologues by historical figures. They range from Kate Hogarth’s Dickens’ musing on her husband’s obsession with Queen Victoria (he essentially stalked her) to the recollections of Tsali, a Cherokee warrior, as he recalls the loss of his family on the Trail of Tears, to the recollections of Harriet Tubman on life and love as she forges a trail to freedom.
‘The monologues include:
- Katherine Parr ( m. King Henry VIII of England )
- Queen Elizabeth ( about Lord Robert Dudley )
- William Shakespeare ( m. Anne Hathaway )
- Susanna Wesley ( m. Samuel Wesley )
- William Byrd II ( m. Lucy Parke )
- Patrick Henry ( m. Sarah Shelton )
- Tsali of the Cherokee ( m. Wilani )
- Edgar Allan Poe ( m. Virginia Clemm )
- Kate Hogarth Dickens ( m. Charles Dickens)
- Johannes Brahms ( & Clara Schumann )
- Emma Wedgewood Darwin ( m. Charles Darwin )
- Thomas Jonathan Jackson (m. Mary Anna Morrison )
- Harriet Tubman ( m. John Tubman )
- George Edward Pickett ( m. Sally Corbell )
- La Salle Corbell (m. General George Edward Pickett. )
From the Smithfield Times:
Would England have become so powerful if 16th century Queen Elizabeth I had married? Did his wife’s family fortune allow evolution theorist Charles Darwin the opportunity to explore his then-obscure ideas? The question of couplings — or non-couplings’— effect on history is explored in Doris Gwaltney’s latest book, “A Mirror in Time.” The stories of historical figures and their relationships are presented in short vignettes — and designed to be read aloud as monologues, said Gwaltney.
This is the fourth book for Gwaltney and the monologue format is a departure from her usual style.
“I just had this idea about mixing fiction and non-fiction, but at the time it wasn’t done,” Gwaltney said of her initial efforts on the book 10-15 years ago.When the book finally did take form, it began as vignettes, which soon evolved into monologues.
By Diana McFarland
News editor, The Smithfield Times