9 Lives of William Shakespeare + 1 film

Times Higher Education – Nine Lives of William Shakespeare.

An academic provides nine ways of looking at the question, ‘Who was Shakespeare?’ This controversy never seems to go away – see the recent book by James Shapiro, Contested Will (in the library) for a summary of all the foolishness and deception involved. There’s a film appearing soon that will support one of the wildest of these theories: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBmnkk0QW3Q

See Shapiro’s review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/nov/04/anonymous-shakespeare-film-roland-emmerich

Authors and illustrations

Usually the illustrations in novels are readings of fictional works by the artists and although they might add to a book, few people would think of referring to them as an integral part of the text. Famously, Tenniel’s drawings for Alice in Wonderland were executed in such close cooperation with Lewis that no edition of Alice without the Tenniel drawings is really Alice. Another unusual case is where the author is the illustrator as, for example, in Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Alice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/28/alice-in-wonderland-exhibition

The Hobbit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2011/oct/24/hobbit-tolkien-in-pictures