Celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday

The actual date of William Shakespeare’s birthday is not known, although it is traditonally celebrated sometime in April. His baptism date was April 26, 1564, so it is likely that he was born a few days prior. Here are some good Shakespeare resources in The Sullivan Library if you are interested or have an English assignment regarding him next month:

822.33 C889T Think on my words: Exploring Shakespeare’s language —  “‘You speak a language that I understand not.’ Hermione’s words to Leontes in The Winter’s Tale are likely to ring true with many people reading or watching Shakespeare’s plays today. For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare’s life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest into aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? How did he manipulate language to produce such an unrivaled body of work, which has enthralled generations both as theater and as literature?” (Amazon)

822.33 AL54W Who were Shake-speare? The ultimate who-dun-it — “From Joseph Papp, American’s foremost theater producer, and writer Elizabeth Kirkland: a captivating tour through the world of William Shakespeare. Discover the London of Shakespeare’s time, a fascinating place to be–full of mayhem and magic, exploration and exploitation, courtiers and foreigners. Stroll through narrow, winding streets crowded with merchants and minstrels, hoist a pint in a rowdy alehouse, and hurry across the river to the open-air Globe Theater to see that latest play written by a young man named Will Shakespeare.” (Amazon)

822.33 b419w Why Shakespeare? — “In this exciting new introduction to Shakespeare, Catherine Belsey takes traditional tales as a starting point to argue against the cultural materialists who claim Shakespeare’s iconic status is no more than an accident of history. Each chapter shows how one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays retells with a difference stories familiar both then and now. Belsey goes on to put forward new readings, teasing out the enigmas that constitute these texts and the interpretations they have inspired.” (Amazon)

822.33 K843K Kill all the lawyers: Shakespeare’s legal appeal — “Kornstein, a practicing lawyer, examines Shakespeare’s frequent use of legal themes in light of contemporary legal issues. The result is an original, absorbing book that covers every conceivable legal nuance in the plays, from dead-letter statutes in Measure for Measure (likened to the recent activation of sodomy laws in Georgia), to executive pardons in Richard II (discussed in terms of pardons issued by presidents Ford and Bush).” (Amazon)

822.33 SH15P Shakespeare alive! — “Shakespeare Alive! spirits you back to the very years of that London–as everyday people might have experienced it. Find out how young people fell in love, how workers and artists made ends meet, what people found funny and what they feared most. Go on location with an Elizabethan theater company to learn how plays were produced, where Shakespeare’s plots came from and how he transformed them. Hear the music of Shakespeare’s language and words we still use today that were first spoken in his time.” (Amazon)

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