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Will Power: Portrait of a Natural Wit—A Review of the 10-part TNT series

James Norwood WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY!  Will Shakeshaft dreams of a glorious life in the public theater of London, but, as portrayed in this series, his biggest challenge is coming up with ideas for plays. In Stratford-upon-Avon, ...

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Looking Not on His Picture, but His Books: Two New Histories of Folger’s Quest for First Folios Shed Unintended Light on the Authorship Question

A Review Essay by Michael Dudley Originally published in Brief Chronicles First Folio Special Edition (2016), pages 133–139 The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea E. Mays. Simon & Schuster, New York, ...

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Earl Showerman reviews Shakespeare & Classical Antiquity by Colin Burrow

Shakespeare & Classical Antiquity by Colin Burrow

Colin Burrow, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, has written widely on the relationship between Renaissance literature and the classics. In his most extended study of this subject, Shakespeare & Classical Antiquity, he argues that “Shakespeare knew ...

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William Ray reviews Ver, Begin by Ricardo Mena

Ver Begin book cover

To evaluate Ver, begin and the challenge it represents for modern Shakespearean scholarship, we revisit an imperative written by J. Thomas Looney: We shall first have to dissociate from the [canon] writings the conception of such an author as the steady, complacent, business-like man-of-the-world suggested by the Stratford Shakspere. ...

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Whittemore reviews Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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The Sonnets consist of “love poetry that is as passionate, daring, intimate, searing, and lyrical as any that we may ever encounter,” Rudenstine writes, adding that the poems are “more carefully ordered—as a coherent sequence” than most commentators allow, and that “some of the clusters of linked sonnets seem so tightly bound together”

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Doubt v. Doubt? Reviewed by Don Rubin

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy Edited By Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 284 pp. Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Exposing An Industry in Denial Edited By John M. Shahan and Alexander Waugh Florida: Llumina Press 254 pp. ...

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Part three: Norwood reviews PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered

James Norwood, PhD says PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered” inadvertently reveals inadequacies of Stratfordian attribution of Shake-speare’s plays. In part three of his review, Norwood examines episodes on Antony and Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet. See“Shakespeare Uncovered” for more information. Part three of ...

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