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Book Review: Elizabethan Demonology

Elizabethan Demonology:  An Essay in illustration of the belief in the existence of devils, and the powers possessed by them, as it was generally held during the period of the Reformation, and the times immediately succeedings; with special reference to … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare: 1599

A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare:  1599, by James Shapiro This book almost reads like a novel.  Whether or not that is a good thing will depend on the extent that you are willing and able to enjoy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare: A Complete Introduction

Shakespeare:  A Complete Introduction, by Michael Scott This book has a lot of information about Shakespeare in it, but that which would be useful or enjoyable to most readers only takes up part of the book.  This is a book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare’s First Folio

Shakespeare’s First Folio:  Four Centuries Of An Iconic Book, by Emma Smith In reading this book I was struck by the way that this could have been so much better of a book than what it was had the author … Continue reading

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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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