Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy (late) birthday, Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564--yesterday would have been his 445th birthday. But it's not too late to celebrate.
Some of Shakespeare's most famous quotations about age:
“I would there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.” The Winter's Tale
"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety." Anthony and Cleopatra.
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come." The Merchant of Venice
"I have lived long enough. My way of life is to fall into the sere, the yellow leaf, and that which should accompany old age, as honor, love, obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have." Macbeth
Shakespeare @ Dick Smith Library:

Here is a small sampling of some of our resources:

Reference Books

PR2892 .O56 2002 Boyce, Charles. Shakespeare A to Z : the essential reference to his plays, his poems, his life and times, and more.
PR2892.B69 1990 Davis, J. Madison. The Shakespeare name dictionary.
PR2892 .D33 2004. Palmer, Alan Warwick.Who's who in Shakespeare's England.
JOURNALS: Shakespeare, The Shakespeare Association bulletin, Shakespeare bulletin, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, Shakespeare on film newsletter, Shakespeare quarterly,Shakespeare studies, Shakespeare survey
TO ACCESS JOURNALS: Go to the the library homepage. Under Databases click "Online Periodical By Title" and type in journal title. Click on journal title link, "Info" or "SFX".
Log into the NTNET network using your st_ user name and password.

Our selection includes: Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Henry V, Henry VIII, King Lear, Love's Labours Lost,Macbeth,Measure for Measure,Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tragedy of Richard III, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale.

There are viewing and listening stations available downstairs for various formats, including DVDs, CDs, records, VHS and cassettes.
"Portrait of Shakespeare Unveiled, 399 Years Late." Mackey, Robert. The Lede Blog. The New York Times. March 9, 2009.
"Remains of Shakespeare's First Globe Theatre unearthed." Smith, Graham. Mail Online (The Daily Mail). March 10, 2009.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival (April 4-May 25th, 2009)
For a list of other Texas Renaissance festivals, go to:
On the go? Check out the Open Source Shakespeare Mobile Site and read the Bard's works on your cell phone:
The Texas Shakespeare Festival is located in Kilgore, Texas.More information:

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Cathy W. said...

Great list of resources and info! So much to read, but so little time. Sigh.

Yvonne said...


Amanda (the librarian) said...

I LOVE Shakespeare! The Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the plays are the best. Thanks for posting this!

Tracy said...

Great Post!

Janie said...

Oh, Wow! So I have no excuse for not being able to find a book to read; there is always Shakespeare!