Thursday, January 11, 2007

Brush up your Shakespeare

Washington is celebrating Shakespeare with a six-month festival, featuring his legacy through plays, dance, music, museums, and online discussions.
See the Washington Post Sunday, January 7, 2007 Arts Section for more details.
Also, check out these websites for a list of events and ticket information:

For those who want to explore aspects of Shakespeare in anticipation of attending a performance, or afterwards, the library offers many different ways to become more familiar with Shakespeare's life, work, and enduring fascination to actors, historians, philosophers, and sleuths.

Firstly, the Plays:
The Complete Dramatic Works of Shakespeare on DVD
available at Warrenton and Bealeton branches.
Additionally, there are copies of the plays on VHS as well at both locations.

Secondly, about Shakespeare the writer:
Peter Saccio, a noted lecturer on Shakespeare"s works has several courses available through the Teaching Company, on audio cassette and CD.

Thirdly, about Shakespeare the man:
In Search of Shakespeare" on DVD with Michael Wood and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Over the course of 4 hours, he explores the documentary evidence available to provide an intimate and illuminating portrait of Shakespeare's world.

For more information about individual plays, browse in the call number
822.33 SHA
For his sonnets, see that number plus 821. 3 SHA

If you are doing more academic research, in addition to the many print works in the library's collection, there's also the Bloom's Literary Reference Online an online collection available to any Fauquier County library cardholder, that provides in-depth literary criticism on specific works, by Shakespeare and many other authors.

This is just a small sampling of the many diverse resources available at the library about Shakespeare.