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came from all over the world to see it, as if it were another
Plymouth Rock or Vatican. Peter Fallon understood. It was the
beginning of things and the center of things…rich, full of
itself…and full of intrigue." -from HARVARD YARD
A tale of families, rebellion, war, and devotion, William
Martin's new novel chronicles the life of America's most revered
university and the real men and women who made Harvard what it
is today. It is also the riveting story of a high-stakes
treasure hunt…for "a small gift of majestic proportions."
From the year it was established on the edge of the American
wilderness-funded by a quarter of the colony's tax levy and a
gift from one remarkable man-Harvard lived in the eye of a
ceaseless storm: a profound conflict between ignorance and
enlightenment, faith and reason, elitism and equality.
Now, three hundred years later, Peter Fallon-the hero of
William Martin's bestselling novel Back Bay-has found
evidence that an undiscovered Shakespeare play is hidden
somewhere at the college. An antiquarian who knows many of
Harvard's carefully guarded secrets, Fallon understands the
powerful implications of the discovery. But as he sorts through
the school's past, from witch hangings to the fires of the Civil
War to the riotous 1960s, he realizes that men and women have
risked death, disgrace, and banishment for the very secret he is
seeking. As Fallon relives conflicts between generations,
families, friends, and lovers, he begins to understand something
else: that finding this treasure is a matter of life and death.
Following the destiny of one family from the first class of
Harvard to the present day, HARVARD YARD is a brilliant
work of historical fiction, a beguiling mystery, and an
extraordinary saga of the shaping of the American mind.