"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows," William Shakespeare wrote in a stanza from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Alan Riding discusses two new books about Shakespeare, and Michelle Orange talks about five new essay collections.
OMG, Shakespeare nerds - get excited! Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender as the titular king and Marion Cotillard as his power-hungry queen premiered at Cannes, and now they've released two teensy clips to whet our appetites for more medieval Scottish scheming.
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“I teach Dante to American undergraduates, and I struggle to convey to them his place in Italian culture. The obvious comparison is to Shakespeare, but this is like trying to make sense of Mozart by means of Coltrane: the number of centuries that divide Dante from Shakespeare is practically as large as the number that […]
In its issue dated 20 May, Country Life has published a long article by the botanical historian Mark Griffiths claiming that a figure on the magnificent title page of John… Continue reading The post This new image of Shakespeare isn’t Shakespeare – but I’ll tell you who it might be appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
In its issue dated 20 May, Country Life has published a long article by the botanical historian Mark Griffiths claiming that a figure on the magnificent title page of John… Continue reading The post This ‘new image of Shakespeare’ is obviously not Shakespeare – but I’ll tell you who it might be appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Country Life isn't the sort of magazine in which one expects to find scoops. let alone the scoop of the century; but here is its cover for 20 May showing the only portrait of William Shakespeare made during his lifetime. Botanist and...Show More Summary
A British historian announced Tuesday he had discovered the only portrait of William Shakespeare made while the famous playwright was alive, a claim met with scepticism by some. The portrait showing a young and handsome figure was found by botanist and historian Mark Griffiths in a 1,484 page book on plants, "The Herball", from the 16th century. Show More Summary
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A historian named Mark Griffiths claims to have uncovered “the true face of” William Shakespeare. According to Country Life magazine, this likeness of the Bard can be found on the title page of John Gerard‘s 1597 botany book, The Herball. The video embedded features Griffiths recounting how he made this discovery. Show More Summary
This week's opening of the American Ballet Theater's Othello at the Metropolitan Opera House, a spectacular version of Shakespeare's tragedy about the warrior king who succumbs to the manipulations of an ensign, and murders the love of his life, marks ABT's commitment to newer works. Show More Summary
A new portrait of Shakespeare has been uncovered – thought to be the only one from during his actual life. From the Daily Telegraph: Drawing of playwright hailed as ‘literary discovery of the century’ found after being identified by...Show More Summary
The advice, whether from Shakespeare or a modern self-help guru, is common: Be true to yourself. New research suggests that this drive for authenticity -- living in accordance with our sense of self, emotions, and values -- may be so fundamental that we actually feel immoral and impure when we violate our true sense of self. Show More Summary
Australian director Baz Luhrman has a knack for bigger-than-life adaptations of classic love stories. Think Shakespeare’s “Romeo + Juliet,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge.” Star-crossed lovers and the glittery shine of Hollywood are the calling cards here.
By the time we get to Shakespeare, a lot of logic has been sidestepped. And now we really do enter Dan Brown territory. Starting from the heraldic tradition of the “sign of 4”, he embarks on a series of elaborate moves involving Latin and coats of arms to produce the name “Shakespeare.”
"The eyes are the window to your soul." - William Shakespeare "Your eyes are sparkling now! I had no idea what your eye color was. I could not easily see your eyes before". This is a very common reaction of friends and family when seeing...Show More Summary
Conspiracy theories concerning the identity of William Shakespeare bring together even the most disparate human beings. For example: what traits are shared between filmmakers … Read More
Excerpts from an interesting report in The Guardian:The botanist and historian Mark Griffiths on Tuesday claimed that he had discovered what he firmly believes is the only demonstrably authentic portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime.He...Show More Summary
An image of a mustached and rather imperial-looking man surfaced online yesterday, but it might be more than an everyday history-book drawing. One scholar claims it's the only authentic portrait ever made of William Shakespeare. The depictions we're used to seeing of him -- older, balding, and with a sly smile -- were all created after his death. Show More Summary