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Shakespeare & Beyond

The Shakespeare & Beyond blog features a wide range of Shakespeare-related topics: the early modern period in which he lived, the ways his plays have been interpreted and staged over the past four centuries, the enduring power of his characters and language, and more.

Quiz: Can you identify these less well-known Shakespeare plays?
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Quiz: Can you identify these less well-known Shakespeare plays?

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Many people are familiar with the popular Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” But what about the plays that are considered more obscure? Take the quiz to test your knowledge.

Something is rotten in the state of Gotham: Shakespeare and The Batman
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Something is rotten in the state of Gotham: Shakespeare and The Batman

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor draws connections between Hamlet and Batman, noting the range of interpretations.

Birds of Shakespeare: The barnacle goose
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Birds of Shakespeare: The barnacle goose

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Missy Dunaway

The barnacle goose, referenced in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” was an unmistakable symbol of metamorphosis for a 17th-century audience. It was commonly believed that the barnacle goose evolved from driftwood. Artist Missy Dunaway shares her painting of this fascinating bird along…

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in April
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in April

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Ben Lauer

April 23 is Shakespeare’s birthday, and this month offers a plethora of ways to celebrate!

John, Paul, Pyramus, and Thisbe: The Beatles performing Shakespeare
The Beatles performing Pyramus and Thisbe
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John, Paul, Pyramus, and Thisbe: The Beatles performing Shakespeare

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Daniel Blank

Did you know that the Beatles once performed the “Pyramus and Thisbe” scene from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”? Although they mainly stick to Shakespeare’s script, the moments when they play with the text stand out.

Bottom's dream - Excerpt: 'Reading Shakespeare Reading Me' by Leonard Barkan
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Bottom's dream - Excerpt: 'Reading Shakespeare Reading Me' by Leonard Barkan

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This excerpt from Leonard Barkan’s new book “Reading Shakespeare Reading Me” explores Bottom’s awakening and recollection of his enchantment as a donkey in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Look at Our Bottoms
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Look at Our Bottoms

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Ben Lauer

The Folger has some really fantastic Bottoms. Seriously! Just look at these Bottoms!

Nicholas Rowe, early Shakespeare biographer
Nicholas Rowe
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Nicholas Rowe, early Shakespeare biographer

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Nicholas Rowe is often referred to as William Shakespeare’s first biographer because his 1709 edition of Shakespeare’s works included an introduction with details about Shakespeare’s life. However, some of those details don’t appear to have much basis in the historical…

Juliet, an artful Italian diva - Excerpt: "The Diva's Gift to the Shakespearean Stage" by Pamela Allen Brown
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Juliet, an artful Italian diva - Excerpt: "The Diva's Gift to the Shakespearean Stage" by Pamela Allen Brown

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In her new book “The Diva’s Gift to the Shakespearean Stage,” Pamela Allen Brown explores the considerable impact of Italian divas on Shakespeare and other English playwrights. This excerpt looks at the character of Juliet.

Nathan the Wise: An 18th-century German counterpoint to Shakespeare’s Shylock
Nathan the Wise
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Nathan the Wise: An 18th-century German counterpoint to Shakespeare’s Shylock

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Michele Osherow

“Nathan the Wise” and “The Merchant of Venice” are very different works, though religious tension is a subject in each, as is the potential for love and loss, wealth and poverty, bloodshed and peace. But it is the character of…

Excerpt: 'Index, A History of the' by Dennis Duncan
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Excerpt: 'Index, A History of the' by Dennis Duncan

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While doing research in the Folger collection, Dennis Duncan encountered hundreds of indexes created by early modern readers. In this excerpt from his newly published book, “Index, A History of the,” Duncan describes the fascinating variety of reader indexes he…

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in March
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in March

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Ben Lauer

Take a look at what the Folger’s theater partners have on stage this March, including a long-awaited ‘Hamlet’ in Cincinnati, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in Atlanta, and ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ with John Douglas Thompson, coming to Washington, DC.

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