William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

He was not of an age, but for all time!
– Ben Jonson




Records document that William Shakespeare was christened in the rural English town of Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564; his birth date has traditionally been taken to be April 23. [Read More]


The centerpiece of this website at present is a set of 25 lectures given by Professor Paul Cantor on Shakespeare and politics, covering eight plays in this order: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth. [Read More]

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What can Shakespeare teach us about politics? Paul Cantor explains.

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