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Shakespeare Saturdays: Ben Jonson (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #1)

I’m starting a series within a series! I’m going to start exploring some of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, both in drama and poetry, and I’m kicking off this series with Ben Jonson. Ben Jonson, born in 1572, was one of the most famous playwrights of his time. Unlike Shakespeare, who Jonson said had ‘small Latin and less… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Ben Jonson (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #1)

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Mini Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō

Title: The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches Author: Matsuo Bashō Translator: Nobuyuki Yuasa Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 1966 (1702) Genre: Classics / Poetry Summary: In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” he was… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Collaborations

This week’s Shakespeare Saturday is all about Shakespeare’s collaborations with other playwrights! Collaborations were a major part of early modern play-writing so it’s no surprise that Shakespeare participated in a few. I’ve picked two collabs to focus on, both of which are accepted by scholars as collabs, but I may talk about the more dubious… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Collaborations

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Book Review: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Title: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1788) Genre: Classics / Fiction / Philosophy Summary: Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her pioneering views on the rights of women to share equal rights and opportunities with men. Expressed most forcefully in her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), her forthright opinions… Continue reading Book Review: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Othello

I’m back with another Shakespeare Saturday and this time I’m looking at Othello!  Othello, written around 1603, is a Shakespearean tragedy based on the story Un Capitano Moro (“A Moorish Captain”) by Cinthio which was first published in 1565. It was never translated into English but scholars suggest that Shakespeare would have read the French translation.… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Othello