William Shakespeare

Books

Haunting particularities

A review of Marilynne Robinson

To meet others as God meets us—prickly and imprecise and difficult though we may sometimes be—is a kind of grace.

Books

Gertrude and Claudius, by John Updike

John Updike's 19th novel, plotted as a "prequel" to Shakespeare's Hamlet, is a beautifully crafted, captivating story. Updike owes much of his thematic treatment to Shakespeare and to modern Shakespeare scholarship, but it is his own fertil