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Over My Head: Falling in Love with Shakespeare as a Kid by Jacqueline West


Whether you’ve read Shakespeare or not (and, especially, if you never read him) today’s re-blog is for you — Plus, there’s a book by the author of the post that feels quite enchanting…

Nerdy Book Club

When I was in middle school, my grandpa gave me an old family copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. It had belonged to my Great-Great-Uncle Harold—more commonly known as Weird Uncle Harold. (Harold had unpleasant political ideas, a penchant for chewing cloves of raw garlic, and the habit of wandering away from family parties and getting lost in the woods instead). It was—and is—a big blue volume with gold embossing and woodcuts by Rockwell Kent at the start of each play. When Grandpa gave that book to his stage-struck, bookish thirteen-year-old granddaughter, he threw open a door that a few lucky coincidences had just unlocked. I stepped through it, and I don’t think I’ve been the same since.

I’d already been aware of Shakespeare. I grew up with an English teacher mother in a house full of books, and I’d tried to read both Romeo and Juliet

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