By Folger Education
Last week, the Folger hosted a book launch for our colleague James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and member of the Folger Board of Governors, discussed how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year—King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. He was also kind enough to stay with us for a Twitter Q&A at @FolgerLibrary.
If you couldn’t make it to the lecture or the Twitter conversation, don’t fret. Here are a few ways to experience Shapiro’s fascinating work:
NYT Op-ed: “Shakespeare in Modern English” – James Shapiro, October 7, 2015, The New York Times
Folger Podcast: Shakespeare Unlimited: James Shapiro and The Year of Lear
Archived Q&A: James Shapiro, at the Folger and on Twitter
From the Publisher: The Year of Lear at Simon & Schuster.
There’s a whole lot to consider and discuss—please share your thoughts with us at @FolgerEd!