One day, at Penn Station in Manhattan, he spotted Kathryn Geismar, who had dated David for two years.
David had become protective of Ken, and had mentored him when he expressed an interest in writing.David, who was twenty-five, had been living in Israel and was not scheduled to fly home until later that week, so Ken absorbed the details about the crash with the detached sympathy that one accords a stranger’s tragedy. David had changed his plans in order to come home early and surprise his family. A successful physician, Perry was a stern and withdrawn parent; David had been boundlessly expressive, forever writing in a notebook or a journal.Their relationship had often been strained, and now the tensions between them could never be resolved.On October 28, 2011, the movie Anonymous opened; it flopped at the box office, but there was considerable discussion of the film at the time. Spoiler alert: William Shakespeare is a character in the movie, but the central character is Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford, who is, among other things, the son of Queen Elizabeth, the lover of the same Queen Elizabeth (some years later), and the real author of the works commonly attributed to William Shakespeare. There is, of course, no reason to credit the earl with even one line of any work that has traditionally been attributed to William Shakespeare (for more information about this matter, please see the essays on this site), but many entertaining movies have been based on historically dubious material.The Alan Nelson has put up a great deal of information about the 17th earl of Oxford including transcriptions of his letters and memoranda, an analysis of his spelling habits, and information about his trip to Italy.