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Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York

The Plays We Overlook: Henry VI Part Two

Heavens to betsy! No sooner do I announce that I’m going to write a series of posts on Shakespeare’s neglected plays, starting with the Henry VI trilogy, than these three plays get more attention than they have in decades. First, the Balkan productions at the World Shakespeare Festival were hits, sometimes revelatory (click for reviews […]

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Falconetti and Antonin Artaud in Dreyer's "Passion of Joan of Arc"

The Plays We Overlook: Henry VI Part One

Can you guess who said the following about Henry VI Part One? ‘All critics, all readers, will probably agree or have agreed that it is one of the least poetical and also one of the dullest of all the plays in the Folio. It is redeemed by few passages of merit—its verse is unmusical, its […]

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Computational Shakespeare @ Wolfram Alpha

Shakespeare & Wolfram Alpha

There was some mild buzz over the announcement recently that Wolfram Alpha had uploaded the works of Shakespeare into its database. If you’ve never heard of Wolfram Alpha, you’re hardly alone—but you must not be not a math student. Wolfram Alpha is a “computational knowledge engine” designed to answer questions that require computation posed in […]

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the plays we overlook

The Plays We Overlook – Introduction

There are the plays everybody knows and loves: the big four tragedies, the cross-dressing comedies, the Henry IVs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra. There are the plays we may feel we have to pretend we know, even if we don’t: Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and […]

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