Maybe the quietest Shakespeare month ever! We’ve started reading Measure for Measure but that’s about it. So let’s get started.
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- In the novel Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
- Peter, who is told that Oberon wanted to keep the beautiful child from Efrra, (the river god and goddess of the Thames, fairies if you will) thinks: ‘She never had so sweet a changeling,’ and remembers that he had been the third magic tree on the left in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was twelve.
- In describing ‘Southwark as the oldest bit of London proper’, Peter reminds us that ‘Shakespeare got pissed on a regular basis in Southwark.’ Well, we don’t know that for sure, but it’s quite possible.
- In Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece Never Let Me Go when young Tommy has one of his temper tantrums he is described as ‘rehearsing his Shakespeare.’
- In the Norton Anthology English Literature Volume 1 I’ve come to the mystery plays. We are told that The Chester Play of Noah’s Flood was still performed when Shakespeare was a boy.
- In Season 4 of Grimm a detective describes an old triangle murder case as Shakespearean.
- In Season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer the English class is discussing Othello and Buffy, who is temporarily a mind reader, gets the answers right (for once) since she can read the teacher’s mind.
- Jacqueline Winspear begins her novel Journey to Munich with a quote: ‘The wheel is come full circle, I am here,’ from King Lear.
Further since last time:
- Finished reading: James Shapiro’s 1599 - a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
- Started reading aloud with Hal: Measure for Measure
Posted this month
- This report