‘Auld Lang Syne’: New Year’s song has a convoluted history

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, one song will usher in 2012 in time zones around the world: Robert Burns’s “Auld Lang Syne.” Even in Burns’s native Scotland, many people don’t understand all the words, but that’s done nothing to diminish the song’s appeal. Although it’s most…

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Haggis, neeps and soliloquys: the bonds that tie Robert Burns and Shakespeare

In anticipation of our upcoming Burns Night Supper on January 25, we share an article from 2016, reprinted with permission from “The Conversation” written by Gerard Carruthers,the Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow. Bard blood. Wikimedia Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow January 25, 2016 1.19am EST While Robert Burns…

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The Near-Death Experiences of Two Literary Legends

To be or not to be … tilting at the windmills of death within a day of each other. Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) and playwright/poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616) died on April 22 and April 23, respectively, with Cervantes being buried on April 23. But Shakespeare actually passed away…

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Titus Andronicus: Breaking it Down

by NapaShakes Dramaturg Dr. Philippa Kelly A WAR: Titus Andronicus begins with the death of the emperor of Rome, right at the same time that Titus, Rome’s warrior, arrives home from a successful battle against the Goths. Titus brings with him as prisoners Tamora, the Queen of the Goths, and her three…

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