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What Shakespeare can teach us about Trump

Performances of Shakespeare's works reflect America's tumultuous past

By Farah Karim-Cooper   May 2020
Gregg Henry as a Trumpian Julius Caesar at the Public Theater’s production. Credit: Handout

Gregg Henry as a Trumpian Julius Caesar at the Public Theater’s production. Credit: Handout

As an American who loves his country, as well as being a formidable Shakespeare scholar, James Shapiro is the perfect person to write this book—a history of political division told through the diverse ways the playwright has been performed in the US.  

Shapiro’s forensic analysis will be familiar to readers of his two earlier studies of single years in Shakespeare’s life—1599

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