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“The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good — in spite of all the people who say he is very good.” - Robert Graves

As Harold Bloom notes, “After Jesus, Hamlet is the most cited figure in Western consciousness...”

Why? How?

Let’s find out.

This group is for anyone who wants to read the works of Shakespeare. You do not have to have previously read Shakespeare, all you have to do is read him now. I will often draw from Bloom’s “Shakespeare: Invention of the Human” and other outside texts to add to our discussion.

We will meet twice a month to discuss a Shakespeare play!

CLARIFYING NOTE : WE DO NOT READ THE PLAYS ALOUD; WE COME HAVING ALREADY READ THE PLAYS. There are many Shakespeare groups that do read the plays aloud; please message me if you’re having trouble finding one and I will point you in the right direction.

We look forward to discussing Shakespeare with all of you in the only other place besides the theatre he truly loved — the tavern.

Upcoming events (2)

The Tempest

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William Shakespeare's final play written without a collaborator.

Please come having read the play; we do not read them aloud.

Shakespeare Society - Final Meeting

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After two-and-a-half years dedicated to the reading of all 38 plays, the Shakespeare Society will have a final meeting to discuss the poetry, characters and thoughts of William Shakespeare.

We'll open up the meeting, as is traditional, with members taking a few minutes each to make opening remarks. But this time we'll have three rounds, before opening up to general discussion!

Topics for discussion: - What makes Shakespearean drama Shakespearean? Does it make sense to think of Shakespeare as having had an artistic or philosophical world-view? - Your favorite passage of poetry (impossible? - but select one; we'll try to read a few passages, time permitting). - And, finally, let us know your favorite play & character.

This will be our final meeting of the inaugural round of the Shakespeare Society.

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The Winter's Tale

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