How do you manage being a mother, bestselling author, and a professor?

Sometimes I wonder about that myself! The truth is that my husband is incredibly supportive. I can’t say that writing books is pure joy — against all logical explanation, each book seems harder to write — but writing them is enormously pleasurable.

Teaching Shakespeare gives me the same joy. And motherhood, when it doesn’t involve sullen teen-agers, is just as marvelous. So though I get tired sometimes, I feel that I am tremendously lucky.

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