How Frank R. Benson helped revive Shakespeare’s popularity

Folger Finds delivers delightful and insightful moments with the Folger collection. Sarah Hovde, a cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library, shares the story behind the announcement of a turn-of-the-century “Shakespearean season” in London. It’s London in 1900. Is Shakespeare ready for a resurgence on the English stage? Shakespeare, since the rise of “Bardolatry” in the early 1700s,… Continue Reading »


The Four Humors: Eating in the Renaissance

In The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio attempts to squelch Katherine’s hot temper by denying her meat, snatching away a roast that he claims was “burnt and dried away,” and thus likely to engender choler. “And better ’twere both of us did fast,” he offers by way of explanation, “since of ourselves, ourselves are choleric.”… Continue Reading »


May the Force Be With You: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Shakespeare and Star Wars would appear to have very little in common. Or at least they did, until a guy named Ian Doescher saw the potential in combining the two. The first book in his William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series, Verily, A New Hope, became such a sensation after it was published by Quirk Books… Continue Reading »




Five questions for Pop Sonnets creator Erik Didriksen

On his very popular Tumblr, Pop Sonnets, Erik Didriksen takes hit songs and rewrites them as Shakespearean sonnets. For example, Beyoncé’s “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it” becomes “If truly you did wish to win my hand, you should have graced it with a wedding band.” Quirk Books has… Continue Reading »


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