Over the holidays, I was discussing the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy with my father in law. He is an admitted novice when it comes to Shakespeare, but - like most of us - he has some basic experience with the plays. He was unfamiliar with the fact that there is a group of people who doubt... Continue Reading →
As we walk into the year 2019, I want to be more deliberate about the blog. I have some pretty big plans. Plans to improve what I am doing now and plans to expand into new territory. I took some time over the holiday break to work ahead, so that the new setup wouldn’t seem... Continue Reading →
Just the other day, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent out a tweet asking how and when followers first found their love of Shakespeare. I eagerly wrote back because I not only could tell you exactly when I fell in love with Shakespeare, but I also am about to return to my first and favorite play,... Continue Reading →
So, if anyone is actually reading this, you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a little over a week. This is for a couple reasons: 1) I was sick and I'm a giant baby when I'm sick, so I didn't want to do anything. 2) I started rethinking my research process and blog... Continue Reading →
I apologize for the delay in posting. I have spent a great deal of time reading and pondering. Not just pondering the words of Shakespeare, but how to post about the plays with enough detail and still keep on schedule. You see, I am doing a VERY thorough reading. I am looking up every word... Continue Reading →
I recently watched Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, and I loved it even more than I thought I would. And I knew I would love it a lot for a few key reasons. One, I love Joss Whedon and all of the actors he uses, so “bam!” great casting, directing, and adapting. Two, I... Continue Reading →
Good day my fellow Shakespeareans. I realize I have not posted for a few months. My life has been...well...uncertain as of late and I sacrificed blogging to cope. ANYWAY, just in time for the Holiday season I am preparing my comeback. I still plan on reading all of the plays in chronological order. I have... Continue Reading →
I’m going to have to check out this book! Good thing I was planning a Barnes & Noble Run Tonight
The great Jorge Luis Borges once said, “Magnification to the point of nothingness comes about or tends to come about in all cults.” And he goes on to say, “We see it, unequivocally, in the case of Shakespeare.”
Ben Jonson said that he loved William Shakespeare “on this side of Idolatry,” and over time the reverence for the man took on God-like proportions. Victor Hugo compared him to the ocean, the seedbed of all possible forms (!) and some have pointed out that Shakespeare uses more unique words than the King James Version of The Bible. Conclusion: Shakespeare has a better vocabulary than God does.
Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt, famous for being one of the founders of the literary theory known as New Historicism, has spent a great deal of his life studying the Bard, and Will in the World is his ambitious and well researched love letter to Shakespeare…
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We Haven’t Had a Hamlet Here in Years. This is an interestingly and exceedingly well-written look into the many facets of the character Hamlet.