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The Prospect Interview #132: Shakespeare’s plague, with Emma Smith

Lessons from Coriolanus, King Lear, and Venus and Adonis

By Prospect Team  

Academic and author of This is Shakespeare Emma Smith joins the Prospect Interview this week to discuss the bard’s much gossiped about life under the plague. While many of us will have come across reminders that Shakespeare spun out King Lear while under lockdown centuries ago, Emma says that there’s another plague-era play of his that shows another side of historic London life—the comic, and unapologetically raunchy, Venus and Adonis.

Emma’s article on Venus and Adonis is available here.


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