Celebrating Shakespeare: Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays, Anyway?

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It’s April and for those of us at LitStack who happen to love Shakespeare, that means a month of honoring his legacy. We kick off the month leading to what would have been his 454th birthday, by presenting to you (again) Sharon’s post on the much-debated theory of Shakespeare’s authorship. Enjoy!! Anyone who has delved [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Twelfth Night

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Christmas for me always ends on January 5. We leave our holiday lights on through the night of the 5th, and then they get turned off for another year. We take down our tree and pack away our decorations on the 6th; in itself its own tradition, a finality to the season, a conscious moving [….]

LitStack Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

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Vinegar Girl  (Hogarth Shakespeare)    The Taming of the Shrew Retold Anne Tyler Hogarth Release Date:  June 21, 2016 ISBN 978-0-8041-4126-0 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 [….]

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 [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – What is a Writer?

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(Due to this nasty thing known as a “deadline”, this Gimbling in the Wabe is a repeat of one first posted here in 2014.  I think it’s still a pretty good one, if I do say so myself….) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ So what is a “writer”? Common sense would tell us a writer [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Our Shakespeare

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Saturday is the 452nd anniversary of what we believe was the birth date of William Shakespeare, and the 400th anniversary of what we know was the date of his death.  The assumption is that he was born on April 23, 1564, not because there is a definitive record of his birth, but because we do [….]

LitStack Review: The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

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The Tutor Andrea Chapin Riverhead Books Release Date:  February 5, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59463-254-9 Author Andrea Chapin is a brave woman.  She’s taken the “lost years” of William Shakespeare, and made him a character in her novel set in Lancashire England in 1590 (two years before we start to see the rise of historical documentation about [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – For the Love of Shakespeare

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Although this will post the day after William Shakespeare’s birthday, I’m writing it on the anniversary of the day that we assume he was born, so I feel like just grabbing all sorts of wonderful things about the Bard and posting them in one place.  Why?  Because I can, and, well, because it’s William Shakespeare, [….]

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Staged in Philadelphia

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From GalleyCat: Quirk Books, Drexel University’s Urban Playground and Dragon Jedi staged a few scenes from William Shakespeare’s Star Wars outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently. Below, we’ve embedded a video of the reenactment. Museum goers were surprised by Star Wars costumes, R2D2 and “a number of weaponized baguettes.” Here’s more about Ian Doescher‘s book, coming in July: Return once more to [….]

Celebrating Shakespeare: A Review of The Taming of the Shrew

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“And where two raging fires meet together They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.”  Few lines capture the essence of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew better than these words. Spoken by the brash Petruchio, they reveal his confidence in his ability to transform the sharp-tongued Katherina Minola into his agreeable, compliant wife. [….]