2013 Shakespeare Birthday Lecturer's Interview Turns Into Book

March 4, 2016
Picture of Shapiro's Book Cover

In 2013, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia James Shapiro was our Shakespeare's Birthday Lecturer. Shapiro talked about his most recent book, but he also spoke with Professor Hannibal Hamlin in an interview recorded by Pablo Tanguay. During the interview, Shapiro talked about his other work as one of the world's leading Shakespeare scholars, which included a book focused on a year in Shakespeare's life. This book has just been published, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, and it has already been generating praise and interest. This seems like the perfect moment to revisit the 2013 interview, in which Shapiro talks about Shakespeare in Jacobean England, as well as his book on the Shakespeare authorship controversy (Contested Will), and also his passion for a personal library.