Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Book Review: Antony And Cleopatra

Antony And Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Masmussen Admittedly, this has never been even close to my favorite plays by Shakespeare [1].  As far as tragedies go, it is not one that I could particularly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen Off and on over the past few months I have been rereading the Shakespeare plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company editions [1] which look at not only the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Falstaff Give Me Life

Falstaff Give Me Life, by Harold Bloom I must say that unlike many people I have not generally found Falstaff to be particularly appealing.  The author, it should be noted, finds Falstaff very appealing, but he has never particularly appealed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hamlet: Poem Unlimited

Hamlet:  Poem Unlimited, by Harold Bloom I picked this book up from the library on a bit of a whim, but as many of these whims go, it was a pretty inspired one, not least because when one reads the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tempest

The Tempest, by William Shakespeare One of the questions this book asks that is worth exploring is the extent to which context matters when it comes to viewing the excellence of a play [1].  After all, the play is concerned … Continue reading

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Book Review: Measure For Measure

Measure For Measure, by William Shakespeare I have been reading a few of Shakespeare’s plays (all of which I have read before, some multiple times) in the Modern Library collection in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company [1], and it … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of The Second-Best Bed

Over the past few centuries, a great deal of light and heat has been generated over a statement made by Shakespeare concerning the bequeathing of the second-best bed in their Stratford-upon-Avon home to his widow Anne Hathaway Shakespeare:  “Item, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cymbeline

Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen Cymbeline is a late Shakespearean play that has not been particularly popular among critics, although it features an appealing lead female role in Innogen (often misspelled as Imogen) and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pericles

Pericles, by William Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen Pericles is one of the most obscure of Shakespreare’s plays, not least because it was (likely) written in collaboration with George Wilkins who was a vastly inferior playwright.  In … Continue reading

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Shall I Compare Thee To A Winter’s Night?

I am often deeply amused by what I see around me, and a great deal of that relates to what we are used to.  Shakespeare, for example, in one of his sonnets, compared someone to a summer’s day in the … Continue reading

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