Then, Michael Blanding tells the fascinating story of an amateur scholar who has built a compelling and controversial case about the source of Shakespeareâ€™s work. The book is North By Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholarâ€™s Quest For The Truth Behind The Bardâ€™s Work.
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In Migdalia Cruzâ€™s Macbeth, the Witches run the world. The Macbeths live out a dark cautionary tale of love, greed, and power, falling from glory into calamity as the Witches spin their fate.
Translating Shakespeareâ€™s language for a modern audience, Nuyorican playwright Migdalia Cruz rewrites Macbeth with all the passion of the Bronx.
This translation of Macbeth was presented in 2018 as part of the Play On! Shakespeare project, an ambitious undertaking from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that commissioned new translations of 39 Shakespeare plays. These translations present the Bardâ€™s work in language accessible to modern audiences while never losing the beauty of Shakespeareâ€™s verse.
Migdalia Cruz is the author of 63 plays, operas, screenplays, and musicals â€” and five Translations, of which Macbeth is one.
Controversies over whether Shakespeare really wrote the plays attributed to him have arisen literally over the centuries. Thatâ€™s because many have questioned how this gloverâ€™s son from the backwater of Stratford-on-Avon could have written plays with so much knowledge of court politics, foreign lands and international intrigue.
Alternate authors like the Earl of Oxford have been passionately put forward and just as passionately rebuffed.
But what if Shakespeareâ€™s authorship is real, but the source for his plays lies with someone who was in a position to have the erudite knowledge evidenced in the playsâ€”another playwright whose plays Shakespeare reworked in his own genius of language?
Thatâ€™s the thesis of Michael Blandingâ€™s new book about the renegade scholar proposing that theory, North By Shakespeare. Blanding employs all his skills as an investigative reporter to put the evidence before the reader. He also takes readers inside the vibrant era of Elizabethan England as well as the contemporary scene of Shakespeare scholars and obsessives.
Michael Blanding is an investigative journalist and best-selling author of The Map Thief. North By Shakespeare is the winner of the 2021 International Book Award in Narrative Non-Fiction.