Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Shakespeare's plays in modern English
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned translations into modern English of all of Shakespeare's plays, and intends to have those new versions ready to perform on stage in three years.
John McWhorter makes the case in the WSJ for what Conrad Spoke calls a "revolutionary 10% translation" that enables "every student to make contact with the original text." McWhorter notes, "Much of Shakespeare goes over our heads because, even though we recognize the words, their meaning often has changed significantly over the past four centuries."
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