American Snaps #14: Shakespeare in the park

by awindram

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May 2014, Nineteenth-century statue of Shakespeare, Central Park, New York.

Today being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

“In 1843 the curtain of the rebuilt St. Charles Theatre in New Orleans featured an arresting bit of symbolism: it depicted Shakespeare in a halo of light being borne aloft on the wings of the American eagle. Shakespeare was not only domesticated; he was humanized … Nineteenth-century America swallowed Shakespeare, digested him and his plays, and made them part of the cultural body.”
Lawrence Levine – Highbrow/Lowbrow

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