‘What’s in a name?” muses Juliet from her balcony, unaware of Romeo listening below. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It’s one of the most famous lines in English drama. But would anyone quote those words if William Shakespeare hadn’t written them?
Many authors dream of fame, fortune, and a vast readership. An author who has all three may dream, paradoxically, of the freedom to write without them — of publishing a book that can be judged only on the quality of the prose.