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Encyclopedias come in many shapes and sizes. They also come in many stripes and guises. Some should be taken seriously; others, less so. One would, for instance, be playing with fire if one relied solely on Wikipedia...
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St. George’s Day, the feast day of England’s patron saint, is Shakespeare’s birthday and, believe it or not, is also the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday,...
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Black is my color. As a priest, everyday I step into my uniform and become one of the Men in Black. But once, when one of the schoolchildren asked why priests wear black, I did...
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 Fy on Love without Money! —John Wodroephe, The Spared Hours of a Soldier, 1623 A perennial question for some persons of every generation is: Shall I marry for love or for money? It is typical...
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One of the worst crimes committed by the modern academy is what might be called Shakespeare abuse. It takes many forms. There are those who say that Shakespeare was a cynic who sneered at religion, or those...

Our stark choice is indeed as Nietzsche puts it, says René Girard. It is a choice between Dionysus and the Crucified: between the Biblical concern for the mob’s victim, on the one hand, or, on the other hand,...

Whether a man named William Shakespeare actually authored the plays attributed to him is a question that has been raised by many observers since at least the nineteenth century. Notable figures, such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Sigmund...
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My book Alias Shakespeare has come under attack from Stratfordian scholars and critics, as one might expect. Most recently it has been the target of a long, captious review by Alan H. Nelson of Berkeley...
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Last week, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, I focused on the “eternal Shakespeare,” arguing that Shakespeare is timeless and therefore, and paradoxically, that he is also timely. Here are a few of the timeless...
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He was not of an age, but for all time!—Ben Jonson on William Shakespeare These famous words of praise by the great poet, Ben Jonson, in honour of the even greater poet, William Shakespeare, were published in the First Folio...
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Shakespeare “It was William of Occam,” writes Richard Weaver in his seminal work, Ideas Have Consequences, “who propounded the fateful idea of nominalism, which denies that universals have a real existence.” Weaver compares this development...
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Under the listings of Shakespeare, the Internet abounds in essays, reviews, texts, and comments, almost anything one can imagine about his works and about works explaining his works. My Viking Edition of Shakespeare comes to 1,471 pages. I...
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April 12 was Shakespeare’s birthday. The real Shakespeare, I mean: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. I thought a little celebrating was in order, so I watched one of the best Shakespeare films ever made: Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth.