Category Archives: Shakespeare

A Seventeenth Century Biographical Sketch of William Shakespeare

    “William Shakespeare” by John Aubrey   Mr William Shakespeare Mr William Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon in the county of Warwick. His father was a butcher and I have been told heretofore by some of the neighbours that … Continue reading

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ban “The Merchant of Venice”?

    The following is my response to: “The Merchant of Venice’ perpetuates vile stereotypes of Jews. So why do we still produce it?,” by Steve Frank, The Washington Post, July 28, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/28/stop-producing-the-merchant-of-venice/   — Roger W. Smith      … Continue reading

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Lee Bollinger on diversity

  “Diversity is not merely a desirable addition to a well-rounded education. It is as essential as the study of the Middle Ages, of international politics and of Shakespeare.”   — Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University     http://www.newsweek.com/pro-diversity-essential-135143   … Continue reading

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English and Shakespeare

  I am EXTREMELY grateful that English is my native language. In my humble opinion – it’s been said countless times – ’tis a glorious language. So rich in its origins and vocabulary; the history and shades of meaning that … Continue reading

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