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Shakespeare 400

We wouldn't be much of a bookstore if we didn't occasionally class up the joint with a little Shakespeare. There's no better time to do it, as this month marks exactly 400 years since the Bard last put down his pen. Celebrations are underway worldwide, including right here in our area, with the Seattle Public Library bringing an extremely rare copy of the First Folio to town. Just seeing it in person is guaranteed to raise your IQ a dozen points.

We kid about that, obviously. Shakespeare has a highbrow reputation, but the reason people still care about him after so many years is that he really has a common appeal. Publishers are celebrating this anniversary by releasing many new titles that highlight how fascinating and relevant his work and world still are today. Want proof? Read what he wrote about terrorism and the treatment of refugees. Or see how often you quote him every day without even knowing it. Brush up your Shakespeare--you won't regret it.

Women of Will: The Remarkable Evolution of Shakespeare's Female Characters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307745347
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Published: Vintage - March 8th, 2016

A leading actor, director, and teacher reveals how prescient the bard was about gender. Shakespeare's characters demonstrate that when women and men are equal in status and passion, they can and do change the world.

Sex with Shakespeare: Here's Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062378712
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Published: William Morrow - April 26th, 2016

Provocative title aside, this is a smart and funny memoir about one young woman's experience of love and obsession, as filtered through her reading. Shakespeare taught her, and can teach anyone, how to embrace a person's individuality, however quirky or eccentric it might be.

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (LOA #251) Cover Image
By Various (Editor), James Shapiro (Editor), Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781598534627
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Library of America - January 12th, 2016

Almost from its foundation, the United States embraced its literary patron saint at least as much as England ever did. In poetry, fiction, essays, plays, memoirs, songs, speeches, letters, movie reviews, and comedy routines, America has created a long-running commentary on Shakespeare that continues to this day.

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416541646
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2015

The country is riven by political faction and religious fanatics threaten to bomb the capital. 2016? No, 1606. Read how life inspired art that's lasted for more than four centuries.

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439118252
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2016

For First Folio fans.

Monstrous Little Voices, Volume 1: New Tales Shakespeare's Fantasy World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781781083949
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Published: Abaddon Books - March 8th, 2016

Prospero's magic, Midsummer Night's fairies, and Macbeth's witches meet in this remarkaby coherent and convincing fantasia.

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681771410
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Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

Lady Elizabeth Russell was a powerful presence on the political and social scene in 1590s England, a dangerous woman to have as your antagonist. She and Shakespeare spent several years engaged in a fascinating legal game of cat-and-mouse.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604336153
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Published: Cider Mill Press - March 8th, 2016

The most beautiful collection of the most beautiful poetry ever written.

The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061456572
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2008

A fantastic literary and historical thriller about the search for the most valuable object on earth--the manuscript for a lost play straight from Shakespeare's hand.

King Charles III Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559365307
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 12th, 2016

An award-winning play in verse in the style of the great Shakesperean histories. Contemporary royal politics, issues of succession, and the freedom of the tabloid press ... it's a work that feels torn from today's headlines and as timeless as the Tower of London, and it's coming to Seattle Rep this season.