Over the last few years, English majors in Shakespeare classes at Meredith have compiled summaries and reviews of a number of important articles, films, and stage performances. The site will be updated and expanded each semester as future students in English 355 and 356 add their contributions to this repository.
The site's title comes from the most famous early commentary on the person and the works that have both come to be known as Shakespeare. Robert Greene, an English writer at the end of the sixteenth century, in his publication Greene's Groats-Worth of Wit offered a series of jealous jibes at some of his colleagues and competitors in the London writing world. The most famous line of his career is his attack on one of "those Puppets ... that speake from our mouths, those Anticks garnisht in our colours." Chief among these players who dares to cast himself as a writer is one Greene calls "an vpstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his /Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde,/ supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you: and being an absolute / Iohannes fac totum, /is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey."
For more information about any of these resources, including permission to link to this site, contact Dr. Garry Walton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shakespeare portrait in oil pastels by Nicole Parkes