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February 11, 2012

The Top 10 Fictional Antiheroes

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , , , , — Henry Greeff @ 5:25 am

Column by Meredith Borders

What makes a character an antihero? Certainly, he must be a protagonist who doesn’t display traditionally heroic traits, but that can’t be all. The reader must truly root for the character, we must be drawn to him despite ourselves. Perhaps his motivations are impure, his choices unconventional, but ultimately he must possess a certain charm or allure that ignites our sympathy and engages our interest. The antihero is complex and unknowable, and because of that, he is fascinating in ways a pure hero or villain could never be.

Below are ten of the greatest antiheroes in literature.

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December 13, 2011

Shakespeare’s Plays as Kids’ Books

Filed under: Children's books — Tags: , , , — Henry Greeff @ 6:22 am

  By Nick Douglas

If you want to teach Shakespeare to kids, you can be a lot more creative than just taking out the violence and the iambic pentameter. These covers reimagine Shakespeare’s plays as popular children’s books.

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October 26, 2011

Shakespeare signs covered in protest of Anonymous film

Nine road signs have been temporarily taped over

Shakespeare’s name is being removed from signs in Warwickshire in a campaign against a new film which questions whether he wrote his plays.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is taping over nine road signs for the day to coincide with the premiere of Anonymous at the London Film Festival.

It criticised the film as an attempt to “rewrite English culture and history”.

A memorial in William Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon is being covered with a sheet.

The sign on The Shakespeare pub in Welford, where the Bard is said to have enjoyed his last drink, is one of 10 pub signs that are being covered.

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October 11, 2011

10 landmarks for lovers of Western literature

The Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

By Jessica Festa

Are you an enthusiast of everything Voltaire? Can you not get enough of Shakespeare and James Joyce? If you are a lover of Western literature, add these 10 landmarks to your upcoming travel itineraries.

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July 8, 2011

Venerating Sacred Relics of Shakespeare

By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN

Andrew Councill for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Underground, not far from the handsome Great Hall at the Folger Shakespeare Library where a fascinating exhibition is on display, just beyond the institution’s reading rooms, down its back stairs and through a vault door that seems far more imposing than the “rocks impregnable” Shakespeare invoked in a sonnet, there is a wall on which more than 70 volumes lie flat on mounted shelves.

Each book has a different color; each has different dimensions. Some are boxed, others bound in goatskin. But once they were nearly identical. Each was printed in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. And despite the motley array, these shelves hold one-third of the world’s surviving copies of a book that one scholar called “the greatest contribution made in a single volume to the secular literature of any age or country.”

That book is the Shakespeare First Folio. Beginning in 1893, and for the next 35 years, 82 copies were obsessively purchased by the library’s founder, Henry Clay Folger. Only 232 such folios still exist anywhere. And since the highest price paid for one was more than $6 million in 2001, the fiscal value of Folger’s collection may be getting closer to the worth of the literary riches found within.

Those riches are something that this exhibition — “Fame, Fortune & Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio” — nearly takes for granted, which it has every right to, given the Shakespearean halo that hovers over the Folger. One copy of the First Folio is always on view here (and online). This show displays another 10 Folios from the library’s vaults (along with one on loan from a private collector).

The First Folio is essentially Shakespeare’s collected dramatic works, posthumously compiled by his fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell. More important, it is the only source for 18 of Shakespeare’s plays. If it weren’t for the First Folio, there would be no extant copies of “The Tempest,” “Julius Caesar,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” “As You Like It” or “The Winter’s Tale.” All the world wouldn’t be a stage; no countrymen would lend anyone their ears; and life wouldn’t be a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing.

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