For Shakespeare Fans, Two Sequels by David Henry Wilson

On the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s departure (exit stage left), a treat for all you Shakespeare fans. Playwright David Henry Wilson had the temerity to write sequels to The Merchant of Venice and Othello. What’s more, he pulled it off. How? How could any contemporary writer inhabit Shakespeare’s world and language? Wilson himself asks…

Shakespeare 400 years on

Shakespeare lives. That’s his genius. According to David Crystal, Shakespeare gave us about 700 new words that have remained part of the language, and numerous idioms and turns of phrase: a foregone conclusion, a sorry sight, fight fire with fire, be in a pickle, lie low, more fool you, send him packing, vanish into thin…