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Martin’s Droeshout portrait of William Shakespeare (1623) Bodleian Library, Oxford.

How to read Shakespeare for pleasure

The Bard's plays have an unfair reputation for being hard. You're probably reading them in the wrong way.
A United Nations staff member pays tribute to Kofi Annan during a ceremony at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA-EFE/ Salvatore Di Nolfi

Honouring Annan, McCain and others: why eulogies have blind spots

Kofi Annan and John McCain’s positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
John Fead, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, 1851. Wikimedia

Shakespeare’s lost playhouse – now under a supermarket

The first recorded performance of the theatre company that Shakespeare co-founded was at a playhouse south of the Thames, but was lost to historians for centuries. Now we know where it lies.
People hold up face masks with Shakespeare’s portrait during celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death this year. It was a completely different story when he died. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Why was Shakespeare’s death such a non-event at the time?

This year, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death has been marked by a flood of events around the world. But why did his exit cause so little public grief at the time, in and beyond the country of his birth?

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