Paul Fisher’s HOUSE OF WITS and Shakespeare Fans in the Inner City

Paul Fisher tells us about the James Family: the writer Henry James, the philosopher and psychologist William James, and the lesser known but influential sister, feminist Alice James. His book is HOUSE OF WITS: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family.

Fisher is also the author of Artful Itineraries: European Art and American Careers in    High Culture, 1865-1920. He teaches American literature at Wellesley College.

And Francesca talks with some young people from Holyoke’s inner city about their new found love of Shakespeare. They took part in a summer collaboration between the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, the Enchanted Circle Theater and the Holyoke public schools* that put on a production of Romeo and Juliet with the young actors from Holyoke. We also hear from instructors Aaron Brandes of the Enchanted Circle Theater and Tim Zajac of the Center for Renaissance Studies.

The program was funded by the University of Massachusetts College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.