Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

For those of you who didn't mark your calendars: Today is Shakespeare's 445th birthday--making it a good day to give your students some insight into Will's life.

In A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, Columbia University professor James Shapiro allows students to trail after Shakespeare over the course of 1599--the year he wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet.
In 208 pages, Bill Bryson's Shakespeare: All the World's a Stage gives students a tour of current Shakespeare scholarship. With his trademark wit--Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself--and he takes on the Baconists--making a good case that Shakespeare wrote it all.
Chicago's mayor has declared today "Talk Like Shakespeare Day." For help, turn to Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions by Barry Edelstein.
Just for a bit of scholarly fun, take a look at The First Folio and Early Quartos of William Shakespeare online.

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