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Posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:43 PM by Craig Jacobson
This April 23rd marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright William Shakespeare’s death. Though he lived be only fifty-two years old, the legacy Shakespeare left behind continues to endure. The work of Shakespeare serves as the inspiration for countless reinterpretations in the form of plays, film, television, novels, and more. From the 16th century to the present, a defining characteristic of Shakespeare’s work is that it can be enjoyed by all, no matter your level of education or wealth. Even though the lower and upper classes were severely divided, Shakespeare plays were performed for all; from serfs and beggars to the Queen of England herself. This fact remains true today, but the antiquated language continues to be a barrier to many. However, going beyond Shakespeare’s original work, people with an interest in Shakespeare can find something to enjoy that has been inspired by the playwright. From literary collections to non-fiction to modern-day retellings, there is an abundance of work; the suggestions below only scratch the surface!