Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Good Life in Shakespeare"

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This was a lecture given by Jonathan Bate on April 26, 2010. Bate was introduced by Folger Director of Research David Schalkwyk.

Jonathan Bate, author of the acclaimed Shakespeare biography Soul of the Age, speaks on "The Good Life in Shakespeare" and about the Epicurean tradition, with an emphasis on the plays As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, and Measure for Measure.

Lecturer: Jonathan Bate, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, is the author of Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination (1986), Shakespearean Constitutions (1989), Shakespeare and Ovid (1993), the Arden edition of Titus Andronicus (1995), and The Genius of Shakespeare (1997). He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company, for whom he edited, jointly with Eric Rasmussen, The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works (2007). His most recent book is the acclaimed intellectual and contextual biography of Shakespeare, called Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare (2008).

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