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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. University professors will discuss titles about his life and times, including three of his plays. We will also discuss how Shakespeare relates to us and our times.
January 7, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro. Led by Jay Hart, WSU.
Shapiro is the first Shakespeare scholar to examine the authorship controversy and its history in this way, explaining what it means, why it matters, and how it has persisted despite abundant evidence that William Shakespeare of Stratford wrote the plays attributed to him. This is a brilliant historical investigation that will delight anyone interested in Shakespeare and the literary imagination.
February 4, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson. Led by Kathryn MacKay, WSU.
William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.
March 3, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt. Led by Jay Hart, WSU.
A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world's greatest playwright. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist.
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, was written by William Shakespeare on uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others. The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed.
May 5, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir. Led by Stephen Francis, WSU.
Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure.
June 2, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - Shadow of Night: A Novel by Deborah Harkness. Led by Margaret Rostkowski.
Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.
July 7, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution by Deborah Harkness. Led by Brad Carroll, WSU.
This book explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters Deborah Harkness contends formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution.
Richard III is a historical play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1592. It depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England..
October 6, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - Elizabethan Renaissance: The Cultural Achievement by A. L. Rowse. Led by Stephen Francis, WSU.
In The Cultural Achievement A.L. Rowse chronicles the astonishingly rich cultural flowering that marked the reign of Elizabeth I. He brings vividly to life the age's poetry, music, science, painting, sculpture, minor arts, and, above all, the tightly knit world of the theatre.
November 3, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - The Spanish Armada: Revised Edition by Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker. Led by Brandon Little, WSU.
At the end of July 1588, Philip II's Armada of 130 ships set sail against England. Within a month they were condemned to defeat. The authors spent 13 years reassessing the profusion of untapped documents, diaries and private papers lying forgotten in Spanish and Dutch archives. This material has been augmented by underwater discoveries from the Armada wrecks.
December 1, 2016. Thursday, 7 P.M. - Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Led by Kathryn MacKay, WSU.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623.
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Series 2016: Shakespeare: His Life and Times
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