Katherine Duncan-Jones on Shakespeare

Friday 1st July 2016

William Shakespeare
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Quote of the month: “In any case, Shakespeare-the-man should ideally be viewed within his own historical context, in so far as this is possible, and not Romanticized or Victorianized. I don’t believe that any successful Elizabethans, even Shakespeare, were what might now be called ‘nice’ — liberal, unprejudiced, modest in their ambitions and pretensions. For most persons of talent in this period, even those who, unlike Shakespeare, enjoyed the privileges of high birth, a measure of ruthlessness was a necessary skill.” (Katherine Duncan-Jones’s Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life)


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