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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.

Happy Holidays from Elizabethan England
Elizabethan Holidays
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Happy Holidays from Elizabethan England

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Karen Lyon

Some people believe that the Renaissance image of “Merry England,” a land of festivity and mirth, was a myth created during the Stuart reign by people nostalgic for the good old days before the Puritans put the kibosh on fun.…

How Frank R. Benson helped revive Shakespeare's popularity
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How Frank R. Benson helped revive Shakespeare's popularity

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Sarah Hovde

Frank R. Benson. Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Finds delivers delightful and insightful moments with the Folger collection. Sarah Hovde, a cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library, shares the story behind the announcement of a turn-of-the-century “Shakespearean season” in London. It’s…

The Four Humors: Eating in the Renaissance
The Taming of the Shrew
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The Four Humors: Eating in the Renaissance

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Karen Lyon

John Augustus Atkinson. The Taming of the Shrew. Watercolor drawing, late 18th or early 19th century. Folger Shakespeare Library. In The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio attempts to squelch Katherine’s hot temper by denying her meat, snatching away a roast…

May the Force Be With You: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
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May the Force Be With You: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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Esther French

Luke Skywalker strikes an iconic Hamlet pose in this illustration from the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. Credit Nicolas Delort. Courtesy Quirk Books. Shakespeare and Star Wars would appear to have very little in common. Or at least they did,…

Off the Shelf: Shakespeare and World Cinema, Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, and more
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Off the Shelf: Shakespeare and World Cinema, Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, and more

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Karen Lyon

Looking for a new addition to your bookshelf? Here’s a survey of some recently published books about Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, and the early modern age. Pop Sonnets: Shakespeare Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen “Alas! I once…

Shakespeare Live: How Shakespeare plays are being staged across America
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Shakespeare Live: How Shakespeare plays are being staged across America

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Esther French

Get a glimpse of how different theaters and festivals around the United States are staging Shakespeare. Featured in this gallery are Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and…

Five questions for Pop Sonnets creator Erik Didriksen
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Five questions for Pop Sonnets creator Erik Didriksen

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Esther French

On his very popular Tumblr, Pop Sonnets, Erik Didriksen takes hit songs and rewrites them as Shakespearean sonnets. For example, Beyoncé’s “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it” becomes “If truly you did wish…

Andrea Mays: The Millionaire and the Bard
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Andrea Mays: The Millionaire and the Bard

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Esther French

Henry Clay Folger paid a world record price for a book—not once, but twice—as he became the world’s leading collector of Shakespeare First Folios. In this episode from Shakespeare Unlimited, economist and author Andrea Mays talks with Neva Grant about…

Shock of the New, or a Ploy from the Past? Thoughts on OSF's Play "Translations"
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Featured is the set of OSF's 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
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Shock of the New, or a Ploy from the Past? Thoughts on OSF's Play "Translations"

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Richard Schoch

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Featured is the set of OSF’s 2013 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by T. Charles Erickson. Much ado about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has announced plans to ‘translate’ all of…

Shakespeare in the Caribbean
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Shakespeare in the Caribbean

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Esther French

Roxi Victorian as Hero (center) with the cast of Folger Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing, a 2009 production inspired by the D.C. Caribbean Carnival. Photo by Carol Pratt. As you’ll hear in this episode of the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, Shakespeare…

As You Like It in Esperanto: Washington, DC, 1910
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As You Like It in Esperanto: Washington, DC, 1910

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Sarah Hovde

Folger Finds delivers delightful and insightful moments with the Folger collection. Sarah Hovde, a cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library, shares the story behind a 1910 Esperanto edition of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.   Heard any Esperanto lately? Designed by…

The first new Folger Folio (Fourth Folio, that is) in over 80 years
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The first new Folger Folio (Fourth Folio, that is) in over 80 years

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Caroline Duroselle-Melish

This copy of the Fourth Folio, published in 1685, is the first Shakespeare Folio to be added to the Folger Shakespeare Library collection since the days of our founders, Henry Folger (1857-1930) and Emily Folger (1858-1936). The collection now holds…

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