April 6, 2016
William Shakespeare: Syrian Refugee Advocate?
William Shakespeare died 400 years ago in Stratford-on-Avon. This month, in commemoration of the anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616, scholars, theater companies, playgoers, and readers are paying tribute with all manner of special events and publications. Yet there is still a question as to whose death the world is commemorating. Last month, there was a flurry of articles published about the immigration crisis in Europe, and no less an authority than William Shakespeare was invoked to plead for tolerance of refugees. The "Shakespearean" lines quoted in all these article are from the play Sir Thomas More. Most people probably have never heard of it before. The play is collaborative, it survives in manuscript, and Shakespeare allegedly contributed three pages of revisions referred to by scholars as "Hand D" (to distinguish the handwriting from other contributors). Most readers will be well aware of the European refugee...(Read Full Article)