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What’s on your reading list?

Just two days after World Book Day, World Book Night happened on Saturday 5 March 2011. Described as ‘the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland’, 40,000 copies each of 25 selected titles (that’s one million books!) were given away to members of the public […]

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Bookshop Banter

Normally the staff in the bookshop are civil with one another, but workplace etiquette degenerated into insult-slinging today when Roxanne and Matt got into a bit of a tiff over which was the best Shakespearean put-down. To bolster their argument, they quickly had recourse to The Bard’s Guide to Abuses and Affronts, with the following […]

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Astington, Actors, & Acting

The 2011 Lunchtime Lecture series at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust got underway last Wednesday, 16 February, with a talk by John Astington about his new book Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time. Giving a general overview of his book, with a brief summary of each chapter, his lecture style was in keeping with that of […]

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The Art of Stage Playing

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, in partnership with Cambridge University Press, is pleased to be able to welcome Professor John Astington from the University of Toronto who will be giving the first of 2011’s lunchtime lectures. Professor Astington’s new book, Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time: The Art of Stage Playing discusses ‘the cultural context of […]

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OP or not OP?

On a very damp grey Monday morning in London, a trip to the British Library was successful on two counts: an opportunity to visit the new exhibition Evolving English, while gaining refuge from the inclement weather outside. In the exhibition, it was a pleasant surprise to come across two names we are well acquainted with […]

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No VAT on Books

On Tuesday 4 January 2011 another UK government economic policy, part of the measures introduced in an attempt to get the budget back on track, came into effect: VAT (Value Added Tax) rose from 17.5% to a full 20%. Overnight, the price of goods (be they washing machines, shoes, or a bottle of wine) increased […]

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A New Book for a New Year

In the last century, Stephen Greenblatt’s contribution to literary theory is perhaps second only to Derrida. Though now increasingly out of fashion, his theory of the New Historicism — shrouded in the most highfalutin of literary theoretical jargon — permitted scholars, for the first time, to read historical documents in the same way as a […]

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“All the [reviews] that are fit to print…”

In 2004 Will Sharpe – former part-time employee of The Shakespeare Bookshop – began a quarterly publication which would review the latest pages of the heavy scholarship and popular books on Shakespeare that were released within the previous three months. The Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter was issued an ISSN, gradually built up a readership, and seven […]

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The earliest recorded use of the term signature is in Claudius Hollyband’s 1580 pamphlet, Treasury of the French Tongue, where it is used to describe the name of a person (in this case, a notary) written in his own hand. A signature, then, was initially thought of as a tangible object, a sort of etching, […]

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