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Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now

“I think Americans will be fascinated to learn of our deep and early connection to the Bard, how he inspired presidents and incited mobs, and how vivid the legacy of one Englishman’s imagination still sits within the consciousness of our country. Like Shakespeare’s own plays, this anthology is full of enthralling stories and weird coincidences, and it’s a treasure.”—Meryl Streep
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Foreword by President Bill Clinton
Introduction by James Shapiro

Anonymous: The Pausing American Loyalist (1776)
Jonathan M. Sewall: Epilogue to Coriolanus (1778)
Peter Markoe: The Tragic Genius of Shakspeare; An Ode (1787)
John Adams: Letter to John Quincy Adams (1805)
Washington Irving: Stratford-on-Avon (1820)
Charles Sprague: Prize Ode (1824)
John Quincy Adams: The Character of Desdemona (1836)
Edgar Allan Poe: Hazlitt’s Characters of Shakspeare (1845)
J.M.W.: First Impressions of Miss Cushman’s “Romeo” (1846)
Maungwudaus: “Indians of North America” (1848)
Anonymous: Account of the Terrific and Fatal Riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House (1849)
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Shakspeare; or, the Poet (1850)
Herman Melville: Hawthorne and His Mosses (1850)
William Wells Brown: Ira Aldridge (1862)
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Recollections of a Gifted Woman (1863)
Emily Dickinson: Drama’s Vitallest Expression is the Common Day (1863)
Henry Timrod: Address Delivered at the Opening of the New Theatre at Richmond (1863)
Abraham Lincoln: Letter to James H. Hackett (1863)
Mark Twain: The Killing of Julius Cæsar “Localized” (1864)
Oliver Wendell Holmes: Shakespeare. Tercentennial Celebration. April 23, 1864
John Wilkes Booth: Letter to the National Intelligencer (1865)
Herman Melville: “The Coming Storm” (1866)
G.W.H. Griffin: “Shylock,” A Burlesque (c. 1867)
Mary Preston: Othello (1869)
Frederick Wadsworth Loring: In the Old Churchyard at Fredericksburg (1870)
Walt Whitman: What Lurks behind Shakspere’s Historical Plays? (1884)
William Winter: The Art of Edwin Booth: Hamlet (1893)
William Dean Howells: Shakespeare (1895)
Willa Cather: from Between the Acts (1894); Antony and Cleopatra (1895)
Henry Cabot Lodge: Shakespeare’s Americanisms (1895)
Jane Addams: A Modern Lear (1895)
Belle Marshall Locke: The Hiartville Shakespeare Club (1896)
Henry James: The Birthplace (1903)
Mark Twain: Autobiographical Dictation (1909)
George Santayana: Shakespeare: Made in America (1915)
Robert Frost: ‘Out, Out—’ (1916)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Shakespeare’s Heroines as Human Beings (1916)
Charles Mills Gayley: Heart of the Race (1916)
T. S. Eliot: Hamlet and His Problems (1919)
William Carlos Williams: To Mark Anthony in Heaven (1920)
Lorenz Hart and Morrie Ryskind: Shakespeares of 1922
Stark Young: John Barrymore’s Hamlet (1922)
George F. Whicher: Shakespeare for America (1931)
Joseph Quincy Adams: Shakespeare and American Culture (1932)
James Thurber: The Macbeth Murder Mystery (1937)
Sidney B. Whipple: Orson Welles’s Julius Caesar (1937)
Toshio Mori: Japanese Hamlet (1939)
Langston Hughes: Shakespeare in Harlem (1942)
Samuel Sillen: Paul Robeson’s Othello (1943)
James Agee: Laurence Olivier’s Henry V (1946)
Maurice Evans: Preface to G. I. Hamlet (1947)
Cole Porter: Brush Up Your Shakespeare (1948)
Hollis Alpert: The Abuse of Greatness (1953)
Isaac Asimov: The Immortal Bard (1954)
John Berryman: Shakespeare’s Last Word: Justice and Redemption (1955)
Lord Buckley: Hipsters, Flipsters, and Finger-Poppin’ Daddies (1955)
Hyam Plutzik: Carlus (1960)
Mary McCarthy: General Macbeth (1962)
Adrienne Rich: After Dark (1966)
Pauline Kael: Orson Welles: There Ain’t No Way (1967)
John Houseman: from Run-Through (1972)
Woody Allen: But Soft . . . Real Soft (1975)
Walter McDonald: Caliban in Blue (1976)
Gloria Naylor: Cora Lee (1982)
Dramatists Guild Landmark Symposium: West Side Story (1985)
Frank Rich and Joseph Papp: The Shakespeare Marathon (1989)
Sam Wanamaker: Address to the Royal Society of Arts (1989)
Jane Smiley: Shakespeare in Iceland (1996)
Cynthia Ozick: Actors (1998)
BJ Ward: Daily Grind (2002)
Jen Bervin: from NETS (2004)

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