Did you know the name Jessica was first used in The Merchant of Venice?
Or that Freud's idea of a healthy sex life came from Shakespeake?
Nearly four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare permeates our everyday lives: from the words we speak to the teenage heartthrobs we worship to the political rhetoric spewed by the twenty-four-hour news cycle.
In the pages of this wickedly clever little book, Esquire columnist Stephen Marche uncovers the hidden influence of Shakespeare in our culture, including these fascinating tidbits:
Stephen Marche has cherry-picked the sweetest and most savory historical footnotes from Shakespeare's work and life to create this unique celebration of the greatest writer of all time.
Writer exaggerates absurdly and writes more about mainstream culture than Shakespeare! Moreover, he uses wildly outlandish claims, and makes unbelievably indirect correlations to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Francis
OMG! For anyone who loves words, this is just a must-read! I found myself calling people and reading passages to them over the phone--good thing I know a lot of people, or I'd be... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elaine Ebright
I really like this book about my favorite playwright. He uses humor and good information to illuminate how William Shakespeare's influence is far wider and deeper than most of us... Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. S. Harris
This book, even for those unfamiliar with Shakespeare, will will bring to attention many fun facts and anecdotes about the Bard and the world he lived in, not to mention our own... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clark S
I bought this for my granddaughter's class at school. I have no idea if she read it, so I can't comment on the quality of it.Published 21 months ago by Edie M. Ludwick