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Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King & Shakespeare: A Common Thread

One of my favorite quotes from Martin:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

It's all either of them talked about, mostly--things that matter. They both live on through their words. Words that matter. JM


  1. Great scholarly tidbit: In Shakespeare's lifetime, his plays were never divided into five acts -- who knew? So how DID he structure his plays? Read more online at: http://www.philipgraham.net/2011/02/whats-structure-got-to-do-with-it/

  2. Great quote. A dictum for life.
    May I humbly bring your attention to a work of my own just published which attempts to get to the heart of how Shakespeare lived his life?


    "Shakespeare's Journey Home" by Julian Dutton.
    A breathtakingly vivid portrait of Shakespeare's England, "Shakespeare's Journey Home" recreates in rich historical detail the playwright's annual journey from his lodgings in London to his arrival in Stratford two days later. Julian Dutton brings to life every street, lane, building, village, town and inn Shakespeare would have passed - as well as the people he could have met en route. Both a travelogue and work of visual archaeology, the volume is a valuable contribution to Shakespeariana, of appeal both to lovers of Shakespeare eager for fresh insights into his life and work, and also to lovers of Elizabethan social history. By studying every single parish register of those towns and villages he passed through, Dutton has unearthed many surprising revelations and secrets. Each chapter is devoted to a section of the route Shakespeare would have followed, enabling the reader to use the work as a handy travel guide - taking the reader from the teeming streets of Tudor London to the wild open heartlands of rural England. A work of imaginary time-travel and scholarship, "Shakespeare's Journey Home" aspires to the same deep-focus as James Shapiro's "1599: a year in the life of Shakespeare," - bringing flesh to the bones of the great writer and taking us closer to an understanding of how he actually lived. A must for all visitors to England keen to discover things about Shakespeare not found in the traditional guide books, and also essential reading for those ramblers eager for a historical walk with a difference.