Richard Agemo

About me

I live in Washington, DC. My first novel is about a 16th century English poet who is entrapped in a plot to commit treason.

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Folger Library Displays America’s Shakespeare . . . And Disses An American Icon

Beginning in the late 18th century, and throughout many decades of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bard’s name was often spelled ‘Shakspeare’ or ‘Shakspere.’ The Folger exhibit, “America’s Shakespeare,” doesn’t explain why. Shown here is a Funk & Wagnalls edition from 1927. I can see using Shakespeare to…

How Shakespeare Mirrored Queen Elizabeth in Joan of Arc

Left: Queen Elizabeth I, portrayed by Cate Blanchett. Right: Joan of Arc (15th century portrait) Shakespeare was brave. He seemed unafraid of mocking people, and really important people at that. In Hamlet, Polonius is the windbag who counsels King Claudius and Gertrude. He’s widely regarded as a parody of William…

Was Hamlet Banned?

Few contemporary references survive about Hamlet, a play published after Queen Elizabeth I’s death. Many consider it the best play ever written. Actors have performed it thousands of times over the last four centuries: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. And yet, was Shakespeare’s most celebrated work — the crown of the Western canon…

 
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