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Top 10 novels inspired by Shakespeare

Shakespeare famously customised existing plots when writing his plays, and added to them an acute perception of human experience which gave them universal significance. Thwarted love, ambition, greed, jealousy, fear – if you want to write a story about a fundamental predicament, there is a …

How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now

Even if you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play, you’ll have used one of his words or phrases. Hephzibah Anderson explains his genius – and enduring influence.<p>If you missed Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, you can be sure he’d have had a zinger of a putdown to sling your way. Or better yet, a whole …

Holy Shakespeare! A Rare Find Shakes An Industry

George Koppelman and Dan Wechsler may have found the Holy Grail of rare books—a dictionary they claim was owned and annotated by William Shakespeare. If their assertion is true, this book could provide amazing insight into how Shakespeare crafted his plays, poems, and sonnets, all of which feature …

How Shakespeare Changed Everything

An ambitious and entertaining new book by <i>Esquire</i> columnist <b>Stephen Marche</b> explores the many, often unsuspected ways in which the great playwright shaped just about every facet of contemporary culture. <b>How Shakespeare Changed Everything</b> is equal parts homage to the iconic bard and rigorously …