Thursday, August 25, 2005

Recusant William?

I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to read Clare Asquith's revolutionary new reading of Shakespeare, Shadowplay, in which she contends that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic, and that his plays contain many allusions to the plight of Catholics in Elizabethan England. While the book has garnered a little attention(see the Washington Post and Maclean's), most other media outlets have ignored what could usher in an entirely new paradigm in Shakespearian scholarship. The Times Literary Supplement, for instance, just printed a review of a few books regurgitating the disproven and hoary arguments for alternate authorship, but has not, to my knowledge published a review of Asquith's magnum opus. I'll be interested to see whether the Viscountess Asquith covers the issue of Shakespeare's authorship of Sir Thomas More.


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