Reinventing Shakespeare: Why His Stories Are Timeless

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I often wonder what Shakespeare would think of his legacy. It would be difficult to imagine what ambitions he had when he began his writing career. Eternal fame, legendary status was, perhaps, not on his bucket list. To say Shakespeare has become immortal through his sonnets and plays would be a slight on the truth. [….]

Celebrating Shakespeare: As You Like It by William Shakespeare

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I get it.  As You Like It is not considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies.  It certainly doesn’t have strong leads who can dash off continuous lines of sparkling repartee like Much Ado About Nothing.  It doesn’t have the fantastic fantasy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It doesn’t have the slapstick potential of The Comedy [….]

Celebrating Shakespeare: A Review of ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare

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Hamlet, as a work of literature, is a stunning enigma.  One of the most readable of William Shakespeare’s plays, it is also the one which perhaps demands the most talented of actors to bring it to life.  While it may feel straightforward, it is just as complicated and convoluted as any of the Bard’s other [….]

Our Favorite Shakespearean Quotes

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Despite the controversy surrounding his authorship and even the rumors spread about his life, Shakespeare is still an artist whose works, whose life, spans the centuries. As Ben Jonson wrote, Shakespeare “was not of an age, but for all time.”  That his sonnets and plays have stretched beyond his generation and still reaches the young and [….]

Shakespeare and the Original Pronunciation

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Check out this very cool clip on the original pronunciations of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. From Open University: An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

LitStack Review: Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

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Miranda and Caliban Jacqueline Carey Tor Books Release Date:  February 14, 2017 IBSN 978-0-7653-9704-1 As a student of Shakespeare, I became familiar with the incredible complexity of many of the Bard’s characters, enlivened by diverse and imaginative interpretations. But some characters are problematic; inchoate, yet peevish if over-analyzed. Ophelia, for example, or Jaques in As [….]

LitStack Review: Ophelia by Lisa Klein

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Ophelia Lisa Klein Bloomsbury USA Childrens Release Date:  December 26, 2007 ISBN 978-1-58234-801-8 Earlier this month, word broke on the entertainment wires that Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts were in negotiations to star in a movie project based on Lisa Klein’s YA novel Ophelia, a story written from the viewpoint of one of most tragic [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Words, Words, Words

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Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. ~William Shakespeare Although it can certainly be argued to the contrary, it seems that humans are the only creatures who use spoken language as opposed to creatures that “merely” communicate.  And although human language has existed for ages, written language has been around for only 4,000 years [….]

LitStack Review: Arcadia by Iain Pears

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Arcadia Iain Pears Alfred A. Knopf Release Date:  February 9, 2016 ISBN 978-1-101-94682-4 Recently, I attempted to explain the plot of Iain Pears’ novel, Arcadia, to a friend who is both an author and a literary scholar, well versed in folk stories and fairy tales.  I told him that it had time travel, kind of, [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Ten Books that Made Me Who I Am

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So, there was yet another Facebook “game” going around where the person tagged was to list ten books that had made them who they were today.  At first I thought nothing of it, but the idea nagged at me.  This was not “My Ten Favorite Books” or “Ten Books that Influenced Me” or “Ten Books [….]