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. [….]

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: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

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Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) Margaret Atwood Hogarth Release Date:  October 11, 2016 ISBN 978-0-8041-4129-1 In October of 2015, Hogarth, an imprint of the publishing giant Penguin Random House, launched a literary series where Shakespeare’s works would be “retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today.” Five out of a planned eight novels in the series have [….]

The Artist and Shakespeare: Performing and Understanding Shakespeare

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Performing and Understanding Shakespeare The first performance of a Shakespeare play was Henry VI Part II, staged sometime between 1590 and 1591 — over 400 years ago.  That’s 400 years of star-crossed lovers, betrayed monarchs, foiled (or terribly successful) villains, wise fools, fantasy, music, laughter, tragedy, and mayhem.  It would be another two or three [….]