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Shakespeare & Beyond

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.

Excerpt: "Shakespeare's House"
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Excerpt: "Shakespeare's House"

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“When it came to Elizabethan furniture, you could never be completely certain that it wasn’t bewitched,” writes Richard Schoch.

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

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Find out what’s on this month at Shakespeare theaters in Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, South Bend, and more.

Shakes-year in Review: Shakespeare theaters look back at 2023
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Shakes-year in Review: Shakespeare theaters look back at 2023

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Ben Lauer

We asked our theater partners across the United States to share their highlights from 2023.

Birds of Shakespeare: The greylag goose
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Birds of Shakespeare: The greylag goose

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Missy Dunaway

Artist Missy Dunaway concludes her Birds of Shakespeare series with the greylag goose, the subject of Romeo and Mercutio’s rapid-fire puns in Romeo and Juliet.

How William Shakespeare invented the holiday romcom
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How William Shakespeare invented the holiday romcom

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor argues that today’s holiday romantic comedies are full of recognizably Shakespearean motifs.

Shakespeare’s Asia: Ships, spices, and porcelain
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Shakespeare’s Asia: Ships, spices, and porcelain

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Su Fang Ng

Folger Fellow Su Fang Ng examines several Shakespeare allusions to Asia that reinforce associations with spices, trade, and voyages.

The education of Henry VIII
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The education of Henry VIII

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How did Henry VIII’s childhood and education help shape him into the king he would become? This excerpt from Hunting the Falcon offers some intriguing insights.

The Woodstreet Cake: A spiced holiday cake with a spicy history
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The Woodstreet Cake: A spiced holiday cake with a spicy history

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KC Hysmith

Follow this adapted recipe from a 17th-century manuscript in the Folger collection to make Woodstreet Cake, named for a London lane reputed for good cakes and good times at its popular taverns.

“What the Dickens": How Shakespeare haunts "A Christmas Carol"
A ghostly grey figure wrapped in chains confronts a recumbent man with white hair and a white nightgown
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“What the Dickens": How Shakespeare haunts "A Christmas Carol"

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor unpacks Shakespeare’s influence on Charles Dickens in the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol.

Holiday gift guide: Shop the Folger
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Holiday gift guide: Shop the Folger

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Use our guide to find the perfect present for the loved ones in your life: the writer, the artist, the new parent, the book lover, the puzzle enthusiast, and more.

12 Shakespeare quotes about food and drink
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12 Shakespeare quotes about food and drink

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Ben Lauer

We rummage through the pantry of Shakespeare’s plays for quotations about food and drink.

Birds of Shakespeare: The peregrine falcon
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Birds of Shakespeare: The peregrine falcon

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Missy Dunaway

Falconry plays an important role in Shakespeare’s world, and Shakespeare peppers falconry terminology throughout his dialogue, Missy Dunaway explores.

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