The 2012 Pforzheimer Lecture presents a talk by Professor James Shapiro, Columbia University, titled "Unravelling Shakespeare's Life." Shapiro is author of "Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?" and "1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare." View a live webcast of this program at www.hrc.utexas.edu/webcast.
Shapiro's talk unravels Shakespeare's "life" as currently written and explores a number of important questions. Why have his biographers drifted toward fiction? To what extent have biographical approaches premised on reading early modern writers' lives through their works distorted Shakespeare's accomplishments? And what alternatives are there?
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.