michaelgriffith (michaelgriffith) wrote,
michaelgriffith
michaelgriffith

Hi all- I hope you are finding some time to relax and gather your strength for next semester. Those of you doing Shakespeare with me should know about a book I have just finished reading: "Will in the World" by Stephen Greenblatt. If you can get hold of it it is a great introduction to Shakespeare's life and times. It is one of the best biographies I have read on WS. It shows some amazing insights into the underlying concerns of his plays and poems. The subtitle of the book is "How Shakespeare became Shakespeare"... and that is a real question because he never went to university, had a relatively sheltered life in childhood, married a local girl at 18 (she was 8 years older than him)... then left her and went to London for umpteen years... and became the greatest playwright that has every lived... How indeed did he become William Shakespeare????? the book comes up with some very interesting answers... The author, incidentally, is the editor of our core text (The Norton Anthology of English Literature.
On another note... I think you should all go and see Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" which is on at the Wharf Theatre till February 4th (I think). If you are doing 19th Century Literature with me, then definately see it... because it is one of our texts this coming semester.... if you are not doing 19th Century Lit... still see it... Chekhov is a dramatist that we all need to understand more deeply... he is one of the great dramatic thinkers of the last 150 years....
I am off to Wagga-Wagga to take me 15 year old daughter to a music camp... and have just spent 10 great days (on my own) looking after my Dad's dogs (and mine) in the wilds of the Southern Highlands in Robertson... I can recommend it!
Cheers
MG
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