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A meme circulates around with all the expressions we use that started off in his plays/poems. Definitely has a lasting impression on the world today!

Joan Kyler

I've been taking some online courses over the past year, ones that are free and that you can do at your own pace. I've just started one called Shakespeare and Hi World ( I still haven't read or seen all the plays, although I had a brief fling with his sonnets in high school. He's certainly a man to be honored for giving civilization so much.


Oooh, looks like a great book. One of my favorite Shakespeare memories is very offbeat: watching the MOONLIGHTING episode "Atomic Shakespeare." I wasn't a big fan of the series, but I love that episode!

I remember going to Stratford, CT, to see "Romeo and Juliet" as a school field trip in high school. The Zefferelli version had just come out/was still very popular. I would have preferred "The Tempest" or "Twelfth Night," though.


Looks like a great book. I don't know nearly enough about Shakespeare and have only seen or read a handful of his plays. One Shakespeare memory I have is of going with a friend to see a performance of The Tempest that had only two actors playing all the roles. They did a great job and we quite enjoyed the performance. It must have been exhausting!


This looks interesting. My favorite plays are Shakepeare's tragedies. I love Macbeth and Hamlet. Perhaps it is because those are the ones I have taught so I've read and seen them MANY times.


What would he think if he knew his reach was so wide and longlasting? I hope wherever he is, he knows! ;) That sounds like a fun meme--I will have to google it. I think you could make a life's work of studying his plays and sonnets.


I wonder if he is the most written about of all authors? He must be close, if he is not. I would love to take some sort of Shakespeare course--I am sure that is the only way I could make a serious study of the plays and I can't recall ever really having read his sonnets. I will have to check out the course you mention. I have only dabbled in his plays--all very hit or miss of what I have seen or read. The last was Michael Fassbinder's Macbeth, which I saw in the theater on the big screen and was very impressive!


It is quite hefty really and I can't wait to sit down with it properly and read. I was thinking of picking a play and then also some sort of adaptation or retelling and making it into a little reading project for summer. Isn't it funny how he shows up in the oddest (seemingly) places? Twelfth Night is my favorite but I love the Zeferelli version of Romeo and Juliet, too. I shall drop your name in the hat!


Wow, now that would be very memorable! Did you ever see The Goodbye Girl with Richard Dryfuss and he plays an actor making his NY debut playing King Richard? While Richard Dryfuss has never been my idea of a heartthrob he was wonderful in that part and it is one of my favorite movies! I think the book will be really interesting since it takes such a different look at Shakespeare. I will drop your name in the hat!


I think to really appreciate the plays they do need to be seen over and over and read. I should try and pick just one play to read each year and try and read or see more than one version. Hmm--may have to make this into a project.... Yes, the book looks really interesting and I am looking forward to starting it soon. I shall add your name to the hat!


This sounds like a fun book! When I was in high school in the AP program, every year my class would get to go once or twice to see a Shakespeare play at the Globe in San Diego. They had an outdoor stage as well as indoor and sometimes we'd see the play outdoors. The San Diego zoo is right behind them and sometimes in the middle of the play the peacocks would get going really loud or there would be other animal noises. The actors took it all in stride and never missed a line.


How fun! I have only seen Shakespeare outside once that I can recall. Every summer there is Shakespeare on the Green which takes place on University grounds and I went to it when I was in college. I can't tell you what I saw--I know I found it hugely confusing as I hadn't read the play and was totally lost, but still it is cool to see theatre outside. The peacocks could add some good background sound effects if there is a play set out in the wilds...hha. I wish it was a paperback as this is a hefty hardcover which are always a little more work to drop into my bookbag. So maybe I will have to carve out at home reading time for it! ;) Shall I drop your name in the hat for a chance at it


I did see (and enjoy) The Goodbye Girl, but it's been many, many years. I should see if I can find it at my library.


It's such a delight to watch. Maybe I should pull it out again-such a fun romantic comedy--I hope your library has a copy!


Yes please :)


My favorite play by far is Richard III and I really liked the 1995 movie with Ian McKellen. I am a sucker for the sonnets too, especially 116 ("love is not love which alters when it alteration finds...") which is horribly cliche, I'm afraid. This book has been on my TBR list for 2016 for a couple months, ever since I saw it on a list of new books, so I would love to be entered to win a copy. I'm a big fan of these thematic travelogue/memoir/popular history or culture books.


I love books like this, too, that mix so many topics and offer so much interesting information. I had only recently heard of it and can't wait to get properly into it! I only wish I had copies to give each person who left a comment, a copy of the book. I had only the one sadly. Thanks so much for your comment however! :)

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