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  • William Shakespeare’s Relevance in Today’s Society is Changing

    William Shakespeare’s Relevance in Today’s Society is Changing

    By Douglas Bruster, Professor of English
    Published: April 23

    Is the status of Shakespeare's writing settled for all time? Not at all. In fact, Shakespeare's next century is likely to be less kind to him than the last, and the century after that less forgiving still.

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      Richard M. Waugaman, M.D. said on April 25 at 5:59 a.m.
      Things are getting very difficult indeed for the "country boy" from Stratford. Fewer and fewer people still believe the Shakespeare "experts" in their claim that this possibly illiterate, unscrupulous businessman wrote the literary works. These "experts" seem unaware of the damage they're inflicting on their specialty-- and on the humanities in general-- by their anti-intellectual insistence on clinging to their discredited theory, while ignoring or viciously attacking those who present contradictory evidence. There has been a tiny bit of progress. In response to my request for a public apology, both Harvard's Stephen Greenblatt and Oxford's Jonathan Bate have recently clarified that they never intended to compare authorship skeptics with Holocaust deniers. Faculty Expert on Shakespeare for Media Contacts, Georgetown University