Power Plays

Stephen Greenblatt on “Shakespeare and the Uses of Power,” from the New York Review of Books. The best thing in the April 12 issue, though, is Hayden Pelliccia’s “Let Virgil Be Virgil,” which reviews the new Aeneid translations by Robert Fagles and Stanley Lombardo. (Maybe I should be more circumspect about claiming that the Pelliccia piece is the best thing, since there are a couple other promising essays in this issue that I haven’t read yet, such as Richard Holmes’s piece on Wordsworth and Coleridge.)

Jonathan Bate’s cover story on Shakespeare in the April Harper’s is also well worth picking up.


One thought on “Power Plays

  1. Tim March 29, 2007 / 6:38 am

    Greenblatt’s essay seems to highlight the many elements of Shakespearean tragedy that seem to swirl around the Bush administration, …without actually saying so. Shakespeare would find much material in present day D.C. Indeed the conflict and competition between father and son, the powerful No.2, the hawkish and yet irresponsible advisers, the ruin weak leadership brings to a great nation, torture, etc all make modern D.C. seem ripe for a new Shakespeare inspired dramatic treatment.

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