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Shakespearing #19: Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespearing #19 by David Foley

Much Ado About Nothing

Why are Beatrice and Benedick so funny? Maybe you can’t appreciate the force of the question unless you’ve been reading a lot of Shakespeare lately, unless you’ve struggled through the sometimes dusty corridors of his humor, laboriously reconstructing jokes and trying to imagine how they landed four hundred years ago. 608 more words


Shakespearing 17.2: Lears

Shakespearing 17.2 by David Foley

Lears (An Interlude)

Note: In my project of reading all of Shakespeare’s plays in order, I’m still a long way from King Lear. 940 more words


Shakespearing #17: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespearing #17 by David Foley

The Merry Wives of Windsor 

The Merry Wives of Windsor was one of three Shakespeare plays I’d neither read nor seen when I began this project. 650 more words


Shakespearing #16: Henry IV, Part 1

Shakespearing #16 by David Foley

Henry IV, Part 1

I wasn’t looking forward to re-reading Henry IV. It’s not that I don’t like it, but its central trope has become stale from a hundred Hollywood films: the wastrel son redeeming himself when the chips are down. 639 more words