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Tag: Shakespeare

“Come to London, to plaguy London”

“Come to London, to plaguy London”

Margarette Lincoln— So wrote John Donne, poet and priest, who described London in the 1600s as “a place full of danger and vanity and vice,” neatly encapsulating its horror and… READ MORE

The Lizzie and Its Founder

The Lizzie and Its Founder

Walter Goffart— Yale’s Elizabethan Club was founded in 1911, a big year not just at Yale. A pandemic in Manchuria was an unpromising start. This pneumonic plague was fully checked… READ MORE

What Is Literature?

What Is Literature?

Terry Eagleton— One of the things we mean by calling a piece of writing ‘literary’ is that it is not tied to a specific context. It is true that all… READ MORE

William Shakespeare: Political Commentator

William Shakespeare: Political Commentator

Peter Lake— It is, of course, notoriously difficult to say anything novel, or even arrestingly interesting, about Shakespeare. In fact, I never intended to write a book about Shakespeare at all…. READ MORE

Shakespeare 400: Why Hamlet?

Shakespeare 400: Why Hamlet?

Gabriel Josipovici— Hamlet is the best-known work of literature in the English (and perhaps any) language, but it is also one of the most puzzling. We all feel we know… READ MORE

Why Acting Matters

Why Acting Matters

In Why Acting Matters, respected and insightful writers on movies and theater David Thomson examines the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while… READ MORE

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