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Shakespeare Festival Reads

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The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them. By December, we’ll have read 28 of the plays; our plan is to finish the canon in 2020.

2018 marks our 3rd year performing a staged reading as part of Shake 38!

If you are interested in joining this group or have any other questions, please email Shane shane.m@left-bank.com

We usually meet the third Tuesday of every month.

**This group is meeting virtually on Zoom for an invitation to join email Shane.m@left-bank.com**

 

2021 Reading List

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, 7pm: Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, 7pm: David Brown essays (unpublished)

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 7pm: Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Tuesday, April 20th, 7pm: Shakespearean Tragedy by A.C. Bradley

Discussion will focus on: Lecture 1—The Substance of Shakespearean Tragedy, Lecture 2-Construction of Shakespeare’s Tragedy, Lectures 7 & 8 –King Lear

Tuesday, May 18th, 7pm: King Lear

Tuesday, June 15th, 7pm: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

Tuesday, July 20th, 7pm: As You Like It

Tuesday, August 17th, 7pm: Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate

Tuesday, September 21st, 7pm: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Tuesday, October 19th, 7pm: Macbeth

Tuesday, November 16th, 7pm: How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays by Peter Lake

Tuesday, December 21st, 7pm: Henry IV, parts 1 & 2

 

What we've read before: 20202019201820172016201520142013, 2012The Plays We've Read 

 

As You Like It (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$6.40
ISBN: 9780812969221
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Published: Modern Library - May 4th, 2010

Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812971811
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 12th, 2010

Hamnet Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

Macbeth (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
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ISBN: 9780812969160
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays Cover Image
$41.25
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ISBN: 9780300222715
Published: Yale University Press - January 24th, 2017

Henry IV, Part 1 (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
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ISBN: 9780812969245
Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

Henry IV, Part 2 (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
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ISBN: 9780812969252
Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009