Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Book Review: Contested Will

Contested Will:  Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro As someone who reads a lot about Shakespeare, I am pleased that this book deals thoughtfully with many of the problems that I have with books about Shakespeare.  By and large this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare: The Biography

Shakespeare:  The Biography, by Peter Ackroyd William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language, and certainly the most compelling English playwright ever.  Now, the fundamental problem with William Shakespeare, native of Stratford-upon-Avon, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alias Shakespeare

Alias Shakespeare:  Solving The Greatest Literary Mystery Of All Time, by Joseph Sobran As someone who has modestly contributed to the state of research relating to Shakespeare and the Atlantic history of the Anglo-American middle class of the 17th century … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III

Henry VI:  Parts I, II, and III, by William Shakespeare It is no surprise that these plays are among the least played and least regarded of all of Shakespeare’s plays, or that they were written towards the beginning of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard II

Richard II, by William Shakespeare One of the more intriguing aspects of the relationship between drama and politics in Elizabethan England is the way that a performance of this play wound up endangering the lives and well-being of Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard III

Richard III, by William Shakespeare There are a variety of ways that one can view Richard III.  As a portrayal goes, Shakespeare’s protagonist is dishonest and ruthlessly ambitious, a step above the usual Marlovian overreachers and one that embodies the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry V

Henry V, by William Shakespeare I first remember hearing about this play, at least indirectly, as a child.  Although I did not grow up reading (or watching) Shakespeare’s historical plays, since I did not come from a family that was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry IV: Part 2

Henry IV:  Part 2, by William Shakespeare Why is this play named the way it is?  On the one hand, there is a seamless connection to the first play, of which this is an obvious sequel, but on the other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry IV: Part 1

Henry IV:  Part 1, by William Shakespeare I must admit that as a reader of Shakespeare’s plays that I find a great deal less enjoyment out of his historical plays than I do out of most of his other plays.  … Continue reading

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This Thing Of Darkness I Acknowledge Mine

It may be a somewhat widespread opinion, but one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare (among many excellent ones) has been, as long as I have been familiar with it, The Tempest.  As someone who appreciates discussing matters of … Continue reading

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