4 thoughts on “Shakespeare Riots?

  1. Never heard of it before, but it refers to the Astor Place Riot of May 10, 1849: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astor_Place_Riot
    Sort of a class war that was entangled in a rivalry between an English and an American Shakespearean actor. The book apparently deals with the importance of Shakespeare in post-Revolutionary America.

  2. C. B. James says:

    This was on NPR. Recently. The book has gotten decent reviews.

    The two actors were associated with different gangs. This was during the Gangs of New York heydays. One actor was favored by the lower classes and was an upstart sort of guy. The other was favored by the upper echalon and was a serious, trained actor.

    Both actors were very successful and toured by North America and Europe performing Shakespeare to huge audiences.

  3. hmmm, looks like blogger doesn’t allow links in comments. fair enough. just search for Shakespeare on npr.org

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