Breakout #5: HOW AND WHY SHAKESPEARE MATTERS TODAY

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MAGGIE O’FARRELL’s prize-winning, heartbreaking novel Hamnet imagines the emotional, domestic, and artistic repercussions after William Shakespeare and his wife lose their only son, 11-year-old Hamnet, to the bubonic plague in 1596. Four years later, the boy’s father transposes his grief into his masterpiece—titled with a common variant of his son’s name—in which the father dies, and the son lives to avenge him. JAMES SHAPIRO, one of the most celebrated Shakespeare scholars writing today, has an extraordinary understanding of Shakespeare’s work. These two brilliant authors, coming from different sides of the literary house, will join SVWC Literary Director JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ for a passionate and wide-ranging conversation about how and why Shakespeare, arguably more than any writer in history, matters today.

July 22
1:30 pm — 2:30 pm

TBD

James Shapiro, John Burnham Schwartz, Maggie O’Farrell

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