Editions of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s plays have been edited, re-edited, and re-published countless times over the past few centuries. The number of different editions available for purchase in your local bookstore is frightening to some. Many customers aren’t sure which to buy. I worked in a bookstore once upon a time. Clueless customers aren’t always fun. I’m not going […]

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The Shakespeare Projects

On Friday I was lucky enough to witness several students (seniors in college) do an end-of-the-year performance called The Shakespeare Projects. Each student did a 10 minute solo piece. They chose a character and used lines spoken by that character to tell a story. There were sets, costumes, and props were all present. I saw […]

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Asimov’s Guide To Shakespeare

William Shakespeare has been given more titles than can be counted: The best British Playwright, most influential English author, most accomplished author in history, best writer in the history of the English language, the best writer ever, the list goes on. Shakespeare also has the reputation of being rather thick, wordy, sesquipedalian, and just plain […]

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Shakespeare Blog Carnival #2

I’m a little late in posting, but it’s been a hectic week for me… I’m moving! My muscles hate me for being such Shakespeare nerd and having all those heavy books. But enough about me! Let’s see what the month of April brought in the ShakesBlogoSphere! Not a bad turnout this month. I’m posting only […]

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Who Wrote Shakespeare? Who Cares?

Not I, said the blogger. Note, for clarity: I think Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. I do care. I’m not entirely apathetic. My whole point to this post is that it seems that researching the authorship question has put a fog in front of the works themselves. There are so many theoretical webs that have been spun […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAKESPEARE!

The man himself turns 444 today. Can you imagine that? He’s been around for a long time and is still very much alive in books, theaters, and our hearts. Go Shakey! I lift my glass of juice to 444 more years of fame! I can’t say that I threw a party today, but just some […]

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Death By Suicide

Apologies in advance for a not so happy sort of post, but the subject was on my mind. I was listening to an audiobook version of Antony and Cleopatra today while driving to an from my various engagements (audio Shakespeare is great while driving, try it sometime!). Antony hears that Cleopatra is dead, so he […]

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Highlights, Underlines, and Footnotes, Oh my!

I have previously shared that text analysis is an important step in speaking Shakespeare. There are infinite ways of going about it, the best way will most likely be unique for each person. I thought I’d share an image with you that will give you a rough idea of my process. I’m a very visual […]

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Based On Hamlet

Shakespeare’s works have inspired many writers to create films, books, plays, and more with plots borrowed from The Bard. Adaptations range from a similar play but with modernized text to works almost unrecognizable as something inspired by Shakespeare. The list of works inspired by one of Will’s most famous plays, Hamlet, is lengthy… if not […]

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Was It Good For Me?

Not such a long time ago I asked you how your education on Shakespeare was/is. I also posted the results of the online survey I created. There seems to be a split of people who had a good Shakespearience in school, and many who didn’t. The consensus seems to be “it depends on the teacher.” […]

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