“Shakespeare: The King’s Man”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

James Shapiro talks about his documentary “Shakespeare: The King’s Man,” and reveals little known details about Shakespeare’s life and work.


James Shapiro

Comments [8]

Ed from Larchmont

I had thought that MacBeth, what I find to be the most powerful play, is a portrait not only perhaps of Queen Elizabeth but also of James I, a Scottish king, is a very nice idea, thanks.

Jun. 26 2013 07:12 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Measure for Measure seems to have been written in the period before the plot and the renewed anti-Catholic laws, and it's his only play openly about Catholicism.

Jun. 26 2013 01:54 PM
Tim in midtown

In "The Anatomy of Melancholy" Robert Burton mentions Shakespeare once, very briefly, and only in relation to one of the epic poems (I think Venus and Adonis). Wouldn't you think Burton would have spent more time on the great depictions of the qualities he talked about in his book, e.g., Othello's jealousy, Lear's rage, and of course Hamlet's melancholy? Were the plays considered so vulgar that they would have been deemed unworthy of such a learned tome?

Jun. 26 2013 01:52 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Isn't MacBeth more a commentary on Queen Elizabeth, or also as related to the plot?

Jun. 26 2013 01:46 PM
james andrea from brick,nj

The earlier book on Shakespeare by Greenblatt also posited that Shakespeare was a closeted Catholic. Also would appreciate comment on "Dark Lady" of sonnets, and the viability of others as author of the works.

Jun. 26 2013 01:44 PM
Ed from Larchmont

It ended the hopes that Catholics would be free from terrible restrictions, which James I reinstituted after that plot.

Jun. 26 2013 01:38 PM
Ed from Larchmont

It was just as anti-Catholic, except for the first year or two of James I.

Jun. 26 2013 01:36 PM
Ed from Larchmont

There is a discussion now about Shakespeare's religion. Joseph Pearce and others make a good case that he was a Catholic and that one can see his Catholic thinking in his plays.

Jun. 26 2013 01:31 PM

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