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Professor and Author James Shapiro to Lecture on “Shakespeare in America” Nov. 12

James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. His appearance at W&L is sponsored by the English Department and Shakespeare 2016!

Shapiro will speak on “Shakespeare in America.” His talk is free and open to the public.

Shapiro’s latest books are “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606” (2015); “Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?” (2010), which was awarded the Theater Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award; and “A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare” (2005) which was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book published in Britain.

He edited an anthology on “Shakespeare in American” (2014) for the Library of America and coedited the “Columbia Anthology of British Poetry” (1995). He also coauthored and presented two 3-hour BBC documentaries, “The Mysterious Mr. Webster” (2014) and “The King and the Playwright” (2012).

He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Shapiro worked on the board of governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library and on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.