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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 - 'Decorating a Room of One's Own' by Susan Harlan
Susan Harlan,
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Excerpt - 'Decorating a Room of One's Own' by Susan Harlan

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A detailed but absurd decor chat with Lady Macbeth is one of Susan Harlan’s many hilarious design interviews with literary figures in her new book “Decorating a Room of One’s Own.”

Play on! Tracy Young on translating 'The Winter's Tale'
Scenes from The Winter's Tale. Owen Jones. 19th century. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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Play on! Tracy Young on translating 'The Winter's Tale'

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Tracy Young, who had previously directed “The Winter’s Tale,” writes about the challenges of translating “The Winter’s Tale” for the Play on! project.

Exploring Churchill's Shakespeare
Churchill's Shakespeare opening. Allen Packwood, Georgianna Ziegler, Robert Costa. (c) Yassine El Mansouri Photography
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Exploring Churchill's Shakespeare

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Enjoy a discussion led by Washington Post journalist Robert Costa, moderator of Washington Week, with Georgianna Ziegler, curator of Churchill’s Shakespeare, and Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, exploring Shakespeare’s influences on Winston Churchill.

Was it the first Shakespeare film? The silent King John
Herbert Beerbohm Tree as King John in King John by William Shakespeare. Oil on canvas. Charles Buchel, 1900. Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Was it the first Shakespeare film? The silent King John

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Michael Anderegg

With Herbert Beerbohm Tree as the king, the four-minute silent movie “King John” (1899) is often called “the first Shakespeare film,” as Michael Anderegg explains. Watch the surviving one-minute fragment and learn more about its theatrical star.

Eight Christmas gift ideas for Shakespeare fans
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Eight Christmas gift ideas for Shakespeare fans

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We’ve got eight Shakespeare-related Christmas gift ideas from the Folger shop, most of them under $30 and some under $15, from books and jewelry to a bath duck and more.

Drawing Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice. Paul Glenshaw.
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Drawing Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

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Paul Glenshaw

Paul Glenshaw draws “The Merchant of Venice” bas-relief from the series by sculptor John Gregory at the Folger Shakespeare Library — and finds depictions of the same scene with some similar elements in the Folger collection.

Twelfth Night: The Hamlet of the comedies
William Oliver Watkins as Orsino and Caitlin McWethy as Viola in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2018 Twelfth Night, directed by Austin Tichenor. By Mikki Schaffner Photography.
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Twelfth Night: The Hamlet of the comedies

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor suggests that “Twelfth Night” is the “Hamlet” of the comedies, dealing with loss, separation, and death and using some surprisingly similar elements — but in a far happier way.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in November
Gamut Theatre Group's
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in November

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Ben Lauer

Every month, we share a snapshot of Shakespeare in performance around America. What plays are onstage in November? We visit our theater partners to find out.

Savory biscuits from a 17th-century recipe
Savory Cogs Biscuits. All photography by Brittany Diliberto. www.beetwosweet.com
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Savory biscuits from a 17th-century recipe

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Elisa Tersigni Jack Bouchard

Interested in adding variety to your Thanksgiving dinner? Try this modernized 17th-century recipe for savory biscuits based on a manuscript in the Folger collection.

Elsie Leslie: Sparkling Child Star of the American Stage
Elsie Leslie Lyde. Photograph. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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Elsie Leslie: Sparkling Child Star of the American Stage

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emma poltrack

Discover American child star Elsie Leslie through a fascinating mix of Folger finds, including Elsie Leslie as Prince Arthur in King John and posing for a photo with preeminent actor Edwin Booth.

Shakespeare and World War I
Simplicissimus. Shakespeare and Cervantes edition. April 18, 1916. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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Shakespeare and World War I

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Georgianna Ziegler

In 1916, the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death coincided with World War I, although the United States had not yet entered the conflict, yet both the US and European combatants on both sides of the war took time to honor…

In the spirit of Oktoberfest: Food, drink, and changing times in early modern Europe
Hartmann Schopper. Panoplia omnium… 1568. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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In the spirit of Oktoberfest: Food, drink, and changing times in early modern Europe

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Jack Bouchard

As October comes to an end, we celebrate food, drink, and culture in the German cities of Shakespeare’s day, including the creation of beer and wine and the harvest festivals each fall, marked by our modern-day tradition of Oktoberfest.

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