Author, University of Maryland professor of English, and consulting editor for The Shakespeare Quarterly Theodore Leinwand discusses his new book The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare.
The Great William explores how seven renowned writers—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Virginia Woolf, Charles Olson, John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg, and Ted Hughes—wrestled with Shakespeare in the very moments when they were reading his work.
Come learn why Woolf associated reading Shakespeare with her brother Thoby, and what Ginsberg meant when referring to the "mouth feel" of Shakespeare's verse. From Hughes's attempts to find a "skeleton key" to all of Shakespeare's plays to Berryman's tormented efforts to edit King Lear, Leinwand reveals the palpable energy and conviction with which these seven writers engaged with Shakespeare, their moments of utter self-confidence and profound vexation.
Copies of The Great William will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Purchase tickets to the Folger Theatre performance of Sense and Sensibility following this free event.