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Book review: “William Shakespeare: A Handbook — A Narrative, Interpretive Account of Shakespeare’s Life as a Playwright and actor and of His Works in Drama and Poetry” by Thomas Marc Parrott

Much is not known about William Shakespeare, as Thomas Marc Parrott acknowledges in his agile, erudite and very helpful 1934 book William Shakespeare: A Handbook.  But the man’s plays and poems do provide a great many clues. For instance, the details that work their way into Shakespeare’s writings indicate that he was not a bookish…

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Poem: Grandma

Grandma By Patrick T. Reardon . The showers have turned to drizzle. Drops fall heavily now from the black limbs of a bare tree in the glare of the street light. She is tired. She is worse today. Some talk and some smoke and some run for office. She has laughed at the scandals of…

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Book review: “Dawn of Art: The Chauvet Cave — The Oldest Known Paintings in the World” by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel Deschamps and Christian Hillaire

In his 2004 Discworld novel A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett suggests that people “weren’t stupid just because they lived a long time ago.” He’s describing a fictional version of the Uffington White Horse which was carved out of the downlands in Oxfordshire, about 60 miles northwest of what’s now London.  As he explains…

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