I wasn’t sure what to expect when I cracked open the cover of Shakespeare’s Library by Stuart Kells. What happened to Shakespeare’s books - and if he had any - has plagued many a Shakespeare scholar. In fact, it is at the root of the authorship debate. Unfortunately, no definitive answers were provided because the … Continue reading Book Review: Shakespeare’s Library
“Why would anyone, he asked himself, be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth? Why, in some circumstances, does evidence of mendacity, crudeness, or cruelty serve not as a fatal disadvantage, but as an allure, attracting ardent followers? Why do otherwise proud and … Continue reading Book Review: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt
The baby is napping...for now...so we’re back for part 2. In part 1, we looked at adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to see what the current offerings are and how they present the play for kids. This selection covers Shakespeare the man and the word he lived in. It’s easy to underestimate the importance … Continue reading Shakespeare Books for Kids Part 2!
I had to write all of this while my one month old was occupied, so proofreading is sorely lacking...apologies 🙂 Since I just had a baby and most people in my life know that I’m a giant Shakespeare nerd, I find myself with a decent collection of Shakespeare books for children. Shockingly, I do not … Continue reading Children’s Shakespeare Adaptations
New Boy is a brilliant adaptation of Othello by Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Before reading this adaptation - a part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series - I listened to an interview with Chevalier on Shakespeare Unlimited, the Folger Shakespeare Library podcast. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of … Continue reading Book Review: New Boy
Prince of Sorrows by D.K Marley, author of Blood and Ink, provides a unique perspective in this adaptation of Hamlet. Marley took on quite the challenge when she chose to adapt such a well-know play. There will hardly be a reader who doesn’t already know the story. She faced that challenge head-on and did a … Continue reading Prince of Sorrows Review
The Authorship Controversy is infamous in the Shakespeare community and it keeps rearing its ugly head as new people are convinced that William Shakespeare, the man from Stratford, could not have written the plays attributed to him. This controversy (although conspiracy theory may be a better phrase) is something that has always perplexed me. I … Continue reading Book Review: Contested Will by James Shapiro