Tag Archives: Shakespeare

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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What Your Conspiracies Say About You

For whatever reason, conspiracies are popular, something I have seldom been able to understand [1].  Rather than talk about conspiracies as such, or the way in which they are often inferred even when they may not actually exist, or the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Shakespeare Conspiracy

The Shakespeare Consipracy, by Sandra Hochman [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Edelweiss/Ingram Publisher Services.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When one is a bardophile to the extent that I am [1], one reads a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Making Make-Believe Real

Making Make-Believe Real:  Politics As Theater In Shakespeare’s Time, by Gary Wills Mostly being familiar with Gary Wills’ flagrant misunderstanding of the American experience and its key texts in order to support an illegitimate progressive worldview [1], it was interesting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life:  Ten Years In Solitary With The Bard:  A Memoir, by Laura Bates This is an unconventional and particularly complicated memoir.  Although in terms of its length it is not a particularly demanding read at slightly over … Continue reading

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