Did Shakespeare Really Adapt Old Plays? (YES! And No-One Denies This!)

As all Shakespeare source-scholars agree, and as umpteen pre-Shakespeare allusions to these earlier plays confirm, and as the first title pages of Shakespeare’s plays make clear, and as Shakespeare’s contemporaries frequently complained: Shakespeare remade old plays. While this is a fact that few experts deny, it still appears to be a major obstacle for some.Continue reading “Did Shakespeare Really Adapt Old Plays? (YES! And No-One Denies This!)”

Why Didn’t North Publish His Plays?

“Why would anyone write an Othello or a Macbeth and then not publish them so they could get credit for them and people could read them?” This is perhaps the most common question that I hear, and it is an excellent one. My response is always the same: While this may seem strange from today’sContinue reading “Why Didn’t North Publish His Plays?”