The Shakespeare Teacher’s Lot …

‘You REALLY don’t know about The Garden of Eden?’

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Your starter for ten – which long running TV quiz programme is parodied here?

Bonus questions: 5 points each (answers at the bottom of the post):

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Who’s Who in … Romeo and Juliet

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Two households, both alike in dignity …

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Who’s Who in … Macbeth

Everyone remembers the ‘Egg’, but not who his father is …

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Who’s Macduff again, Sir?

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The wanderer returns …

Not ALL those who wander are lost. But I think I have been, for a while …

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And he himself wander’d away alone,
No man knows whither. (Richard III, IV.iv)

Tentatively, I feel like my self-imposed exile might be over.

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[book review] Thomas Cogswell, James I: The Phoenix King

cover cogswellThomas Cogswell, James I: The Phoenix King (Penguin Monarchs), (London:  Allen Lane, 2017)

Thomas Cogswell’s biography is recognisably one of the Penguin Monarchs series.  That means it’s concise (just 109 pages) and informative; a good general introduction to the king who succeeded Elizabeth. For those studying Shakespeare or the Early Modern period, the information about James’ early life is useful and potentially revealing.

It’s also often neglected.

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The hottest name in Literature …

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Be warned:  today’s post has little to do with Shakespeare per se, except as an example of my own peculiar insanity, and a way of getting rid of an ‘ear-worm’ that has been plaguing me since May.

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[book review] Michael Bogdanov – Shakespeare: The Director’s Cut

cover bogdanovMichael BogdanovShakespeare : The Director’s Cut (Capercaillie Books:  Edinburgh, 2005)

As soon as I read the Introduction to Bogdanov’s book, I blogged excitedly about it – I sensed a kindred spirit: someone I would have enjoyed a boisterous, passionate debate with over a few drinks.

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