How to Think Like Shakespeare | Book Review

How to Think Like Shakespeare by Scott Newstok is a compelling read for Shakespeare lovers, educators, and those interested in improving their personal critical thinking skills. The concept behind the book is an examination of how Elizabethan grammar schools taught their students to think and create in ways that would still be useful to us... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Library

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: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt

“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: New Boy

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 →

Prince of Sorrows Review

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 →

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