Richard Agemo

About me

I live in Washington, DC. I blog (mostly) about Shakespeare. My first novel is about a 16th century poet who is framed for treason. My ghost story, “The House Friends,” appears in The Fiction Desk Anthology, New Ghost Stories III.

From my website

Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 3: Holding a Mirror Up to His Queen (Again)?

Queen Margaret (left), the Amazonian queen in the War of the Roses, reflects Queen Elizabeth (right) in Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. What inspired Shakespeare to write his plays? We know many of his sources, but it’s largely guesswork as to what motivated his choices. Shakespeare didn’t give interviews. We can…

Shakespeare Safari

Two of the things I most like seeing in Washington, DC are Shakespeare performances at Harman Hall, the Folger Theater, and other venues, and the elephants at the  National Zoo. I’m afraid, however, that the Bard and pachyderms have something else in common. For years I’ve enjoyed reading Shakespeare’s plays…

Where’s Shakespeare?

Rape Of Lucrece, by J. Ber (1724). The watercolor is so delicate, the exhibit displays a reproduction.  Source: Folger Shakespeare Library. “Painting Shakespeare,” the current exhibit at the  Folger Shakespeare Library,  includes some amazing paintings of scenes from Shakespeare.  My favorite: Rape of Lucrece by the 18th century French artist, J.…

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