Smith Picks Kay / Drunken Shakespeare?

September 26, 2006

Smith Picks Kay
The seventy-eight-year-old actor
Bernard Kay won the New Writing Ventures award for creative non-fiction. Novelist Ali Smith, the chief judge described Kay’s memoir as “a perfectpiece of explication.”

Drunken Shakespeare?
John Sutherland writes the some experts believe that Shakespeare wrote with a hangover. Sutherland quotes Ben Jonson to make his point: “I remember, the Players have often mentioned it as a n honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing, (whatsoever he penn’d) hee never blotted out line. My answer hath beene, would he had blotted a thousand. Which the Plyaers thought a malevolent speech.”


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