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posted a Quick Tip about Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff). June 14, 2013
Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff)
This is the Orson Welles film that nobody has ever seen. What gives?? I understand the movie had some major licensing problems back in the day, but nowadays you can watch the movie on Youtube free of …
reviewed William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet .... May 02, 2011
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
We had started watching this in my English class, but we had never gotten around to finishing it, so I thought I might as well take advantage of illness and finish it. In retrospect, an adaptation of …
reviewed Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?. November 20, 2010
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
That question Jesus asked his disciples (Matthew 16:15) is doubly apropos for Shapiro's Contested Will.  Not only does Shakespeare ask us this question in the debate about the authorship of his …
posted a Quick Tip about William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet .... October 20, 2010
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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Ignore DiCaprio and it is a brilliant film, unfortunately he speaks roughly a third of the lines .... it's chocolate mousse fouled up by having a third of it made with jello-pudding. Watch it with the …
reviewed All's Well That Ends Well. July 27, 2010
All's Well That Ends Well (Signet Classic
It's one of Shakespeare's lesser-loved plays, so why did I have so much fun reading "All's Well That Ends Well"?    Helena is a young woman who loves Bertram, son of her protectress. …
reviewed All Night Awake. July 23, 2010
All Night Awake
Part two of a trilogy, this novel looks at the life of a struggling young poet in Elizabethan England by the name of William Shakespeare. Will is having a very hard time making it as a poet in London. …
reviewed Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?. June 30, 2010
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Usually a book's subtitle clarifies its title, especially if it's a pun. In this case, the subtitle misleads by implying that Shapiro will describe (perhaps seriatim) the leading candidates in what is …
reviewed Twelfth Night. June 28, 2010
Twelfth Night
   Warning: Spoilers Lie Ahead      To put it bluntly, Twelfth Night is quite possibly my favorite Shakespeare play. Ever.      I have no academic reason …
posted a Quick Tip about Hamlet. June 25, 2010
Hamlet
I don't think it was released in 1902
posted a Quick Tip about Twelfth Night. June 25, 2010
Twelfth Night
My absolute favorite Shakespeare play! Mistaken identities, chaos, love...it's highly underrated, usually, but it's actually really quite good.
posted a Quick Tip about The Tempest. June 25, 2010
The Tempest
Not my favorite Shakespeare play, but a pretty good one.
posted a Quick Tip about The Tempest. June 22, 2010
The Tempest
A wonderful play. I like to compare this play to many of Shax's tragedies because it is only Prospero's final choice to forgive that makes this a comedy.
posted a Quick Tip about The Tempest. June 17, 2010
The Tempest
One of Shakepeare's final plays, this has got to be my favorite. One of. It's just so great. Lots of magic - great to see performed, too!
reviewed Illyria: A Novel. June 16, 2010
Illyria
Madeleine and Rogan Tierney are first cousins and descendants of the great stage actress Madeleine Armin Tierney. They live with their many relatives at Arden Terrace, a gated community with large, rambling …
reviewed William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet .... March 08, 2010
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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Updating or modernizing a masterpiece is always a daunting task. Who remembers, for example, Mozart's re-orchestration of Handel's "Messiah"? For whatever reason, many people seem to think that re-writing …
reviewed The Sonnet Lover: A Novel. February 02, 2009
The Sonnet Lover, Carol Goodman
Goodman once again exhibits her love for the subtle connections of history and lineage, a professor of comparative literature at New York's Hudson College, drawn into a Sixteenth century mystery centered …
reviewed Interred with Their Bones, Jennifer L.... January 19, 2009
Interred with their bones Jennifer Lee Carrell
Conspiracies abound in this novel, which shifts from London's Globe Theater in 1613 to a restored Globe in 2004, where Shakespearean scholar Kate Stanley is making her directorial debut. On the eve of …
reviewed The Players: A Novel of the Young Sha.... January 18, 2009
Stephanie Cowell The Players
Steeped in Shakespearean lore, Cowell has fashioned a remarkable novel of the apprenticeship years of William Shakespeare; leaving wife and children at home in Stratford, Will seeks employment in London. …
reviewed A Year in the Life of William Shakesp.... November 27, 2008
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Recently I was given a copy of "A Year In The Life of William Shakespeare: 1599" as a gift.  Although I am an avid reader of non-fiction I initially balked at reading this volume because …
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