If you were to make a list of the people who have left an enduring imprint on how the world interprets, understands, and receives Shakespeare, who would you choose?
About a decade ago, Peter Holland, the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Notre Dame, and Adrian Poole, the former Chair in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, set out to create a compendium that summed up the work of these influential people. They chose performers, scholars, writers, critics, theater directors, and others.
The final set of books in their opus, an 18-volume reference work called Great Shakespeareans, was released in 2013. In this podcast episode, Peter Holland explains the rationale he and Adrian Poole used to decide just who got to be listed as the world’s great Shakespeareans.
Peter Holland was interviewed by Rebecca Sheir.
The title of this podcast episode is “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.” —Twelfth Night (2.5.149-150)