|Why study Shakespeare?|
We often get asked why it is still important to study the work of William Shakespeare in the 21st century.
The American author Marchette Chute in the introduction to her book Stories from Shakespeare wrote:
"William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known. Homer told of adventure and men at war, Sophocles and Tolstoy told of tragedies and of people in trouble. Terence and Mark Twain told comic stories, Dickens told melodramatic ones, Plutarch told histories and Hans Christian Andersen told fairy tales. But Shakespeare told every kind of story - comedy, tragedy, history, melodrama, adventure, love stories and fairy tales - and each of them so well that they have become immortal. In all the worls of storytelling, his is the greatest name."
Amanda Mabillard's Shakespeare Online website lists FOUR reasons:
As Bernard Levin once famously wrote:
Stories from Shakespeare by Marchette Chute was published by New York: World Publishing Company in 1956.
Bernard Levin's observatios on Shakespeare originally appeard in his column in The Times newspaper and is part included in The Shakespeare Revue by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee
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