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April 23rd, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death!

It would be interesting to know how much those who claim Shakespeare didn't write his own plays are motivated by jealousy. Many writers are jealous of ol' Billy—he's the one author universally recognized as the best ever. Most, however, rejoice that such literary magic was distilled for subsequent generations by an alchemist of less-than-noble origins and obscure life.

The idea that Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare was around before the movie Anonymous. Critics point out that Willy Shakes knew a lot about the world for one who'd never left England (did he, though? he didn't know his geography very well), that he was well-versed in the ways of the English Court for a common man, or that an uneducated bumpkin from Stratford-upon-Avon couldn't produce a body of work that transcends the volumes of "superior" writers.

Shakespeare ended his days as a businessman in his hometown, away from the chaos, mud and spectacle of London. Is that how a great writer would end his days? What about the mystery of his handwriting? was he illiterate? if he could read and write, wouldn't there be more than a few signatures and some misspelled words? At first glance, the evidence seems compelling to attribute "Shakespeare's" work elsewhere, to the Earl of Oxford, Sir Francis Bacon, or some cadre of playwrights.

The reasons for finding another author for Shakespeare are more related to worldview than personal motives. Postmodernists like to obscure authorship in an effort to show that standards and absolutes are human constructs; modernists (and postmodernists) like to impose contemporary values on the past. The latter is a big motivating factor in the Shakespeare debate: Elizabethans had no concept of ownership when it came to texts, but most higher critics suppose they did.

There's no substantial reason to believe William Shakespeare was not the source of the plays attributed to him. What is absolutely certain is that no one before or since has so thoroughly captured the scope of the human predicament, or done so half as well as the Bard of Avon. His poetry lies between biblical oracle and Miltonian pedantry; his prose the most poetic lines penned by a seller of wheat (or a nobleman, for that matter).

Good literary education often begins with Shakespeare. A lot of it ends there, too. So much modern fiction is unreadable because writers don't look far enough back for inspiration; a few generations ago, writers read Homer, Milton, Shakespeare and Dickens. A noble company, ironically helmed by a commoner with less education than those who call themselves scholars in his name. We carry most of his plays, and a variety of resources to help you understand them. Remember that Shakespeare's plots are borrowed and recycled; it's the genius of expression that sets his work apart.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Alexandria Tutorials Summer Shakespeare Course
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in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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for Kindergarten-4th grade
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All's Well that Ends Well
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
for 10th grade-adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Analytical Grammar High School Reinforcement: Shakespeare Plays
by Robin Finley & Erin Karl
from Analytical Grammar
for 9th-12th grade
in Analytical Grammar (Location: B15-05A)
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Antony and Cleopatra
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
Historical Tragedy for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Antony and Cleopatra
Oxford School Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare
from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Antony and Cleopatra
Folger Shakespeare Library
by William Shakespeare
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$5.09
As You Like It
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
Comedy for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$2.55 $1.60 (2 in stock)
As You Like It
Folger Shakespeare Library
by William Shakespeare
from Washington Square Press
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
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from Memoria Press
for 8th grade
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from Memoria Press
for 8th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: B18-00B)
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As You Like It - MP Teacher Guide
from Memoria Press
for 8th grade
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for 2nd-4th grade
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from Candlewick Press
for 2nd-6th grade
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by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
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by Edith Nesbit
from Chicago Review Press
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in Classics Retold (Location: A10-03A)
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Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
for 10th grade-adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Comedy Of Errors
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by William Shakespeare
from Washington Square Press
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$5.06
Comedy of Errors - Student's Companion
by Abigail E. Schoolfield
from Smarr Publishers
for 9th-12th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
$6.00
Complete Guide to Shakespeare's Best Plays
by Aileen M. Carroll
2 Revised
for 9th-12th grade
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: A06-00E)
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Complete Sonnets
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
Lyrical Poetry for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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from Workman Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
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Dover Coloring Books
by John Green & Paul Negri
from Dover Publications
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in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
$3.74
Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare
by E. Nesbit
from Laughing Elephant
for 4th-8th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: A10-03A)
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Hamlet
Dover Thrift Editions
from Dover Publications
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$2.98 $1.60 (1 in stock)
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Bethine Ellie
from Progeny Press
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in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00T)
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Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Bethine Ellie
from Progeny Press
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in Progeny Press Interactive CDs (Location: B18-14B)
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English Language from Firefly Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: A06-00E)
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Henry IV, Part 1
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Henry IV, Part I
by William Shakespeare
from Bantam Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ACL-LIT)
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Henry IV, Part One
Folger Shakespeare Library
by William Shakespeare
from Washington Square Press
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Henry V
Oxford School Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare & Roma Gill, editor
from Oxford University
Historical Drama for 7th-10th grade
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$8.46
Henry V
Folger Library
by William Shakespeare
from Washington Square Press
Historical Drama for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$5.09
Henry V
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
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in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$2.55
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by Ken Ludwig
1st Paperback Edition from Broadway Books
for Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: A06-00E)
$15.00
Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare
by Willam Shakespeare, Rosie Dickens
from Usborne
for 2nd-5th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: A10-03A)
Julius Caesar
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
Historical Tragedy for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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Julius Caesar
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by William Shakespeare & Roma Gill, editor
from Oxford University
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in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
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by William Shakespeare
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in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
from Cambridge University
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ACL-LIT)
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Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Michael Gilleland
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 9th-12th grade
in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00T)
$21.24
Julius Caesar - Guide CD
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Michael Gilleland
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 9th-12th grade
in Progeny Press Interactive CDs (Location: B18-14B)
$15.39
Julius Caesar With Reader's Guide - Set
by William Shakespeare, Helene Cunningham
from Amsco School Publications
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
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by William Shakespeare
from Bantam Books
Historical Drama for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$5.09
King Lear
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
Tragedy for Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$2.98
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