“Do you like Shakespeare or somethin?”

I went to get my car’s oil changed today. The attendant sees me get out of the car with a T-Shirt that says “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit ~Shakespeare” and a copy of Shakespeare Quarterly sticking out of my pocket. “Do you like Shakespeare or somethin?” “Uhh…. yeah.” I wonder what different […]

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The Internet Needs a Shakespeare ___ ?

Friends, Readers of this blog, Countrymen, lend me your rears! I know some of you who read this scour the net for anything Shakespeare. At some point for a variety of reasons everyone needs to find something on Shakespeare online: the texts, summaries, history, scholarship, questions, answers, blogs, whatever. In the digital age I think […]

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My Rocket Book

I received an email today which kindly informed me of a really cool educational resource. It’s called myROCKETBOOK.com. What’s a rocketbook? The website says it best: Rocketbooks are video study guides that provide summaries and detailed analyses of literary works. Our WikiNotes section offers a new user experience allowing fresh viewpoints and expressions from today’s […]

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Shakespeare Blog Carnival #1

Come see the monkeys and clowns, ride the rides, and get some cotton candy. April Fools! It’s actually the Shakespeare Blog Carnival making its debut here! Sorry, there are no rides to go on. Now I didn’t get many submissions, but that’s okay. It’s a new thing. In addition to the couple submissions I received […]

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“Oh, Shakespeare. What class?”

That’s a common response to the following: “What are you reading?” I show them the cover. I’m reading Shakespeare, it must mean it’s for school right? That’s the idea in most people’s heads. It isn’t really surprising to me, but I find it funny that the idea that I might be reading some of Shakespeare’s […]

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Sight-Seeing Shakespeare

Around a third of Shakespeare’s plays take place in Italy. Most scholars assumed that his knowledge of Italy was from writings and contact with Italian merchants. Some authorship debates arise from the suspicion that Shakespeare never went to Italy so someone else must have written the plays about Italy. But now, The Times has an […]

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How old is Hamlet?

The Shakespeare Geek has put the question out there for all to ponder, as well as a link to a chapter on that very subject. This is a huge topic of debate among scholars, and a big consideration for a director who is casting the play. There’s a lot of info out there, a lot […]

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Word of the day: Amain

Amain, a plain, a canail… wait a minute. That’s not how it goes. amain adv. IPA Pronunciation: at full force or speed MESSENGER His soldiers spying his undaunted spirit A Talbot! a Talbot! cried out amain And rush’d into the bowels of the battle. – Henry VI, Part 1 (I.i) There’s a certain economy about […]

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Seriously!?

In the news… from Mirror.co.uk: History and Shakespeare ‘out of date’ says education union boss Read it. Discuss.

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Reading Survey Results

After asking visitors of Ask500People.com if they had a good experience with Shakespeare in school, I decided to ask another. After the many intriguing responses to my question on the blog if you had read all of Shakespeare’s works, I wanted to get more specific with this little survey. I asked, “How many of Shakespeare’s […]

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