Juliet's Answer

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 66

Starting in the 1930s, people began sending letters asking for advice on love and romance to Verona, Italy. The letters were all addressed to Juliet and for years, no one knew what to do with them. 
 
In 1972, a man named Giulio Tamassia began hosting dinners for a group of his friends. They started calling themselves “The Juliet Club,” and Verona eventually began sending all the letters their way. Giulio has long since retired, but the letters keep coming and today his daughter runs a team of volunteers who continue to dole out advice. 
 
In 2014, a Canadian high school teacher named Glenn Dixon – whose love life was itself kind of a mess – decided to take some time over summer vacation to go to Verona and work as one of “Juliet’s secretaries,” as the volunteers are called. 
 
Dixon, whose memoir Juliet’s Answer was published in 2017 by Simon and Schuster, is interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published February 7, 2017. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. “Any man that can write may answer a letter” was produced by Richard Paul. Garland Scott is the Associate Producer. It was editing by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington. Esther French is the web producer. We had help from Jeff Muller at Alchemy Studios in Calgary, Alberta and Jake Gorsky and Jeff Peters at the Marketplace Studios in Los Angeles.

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