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banished queen receives word that her husband and three
daughters are dead. Learwife, a new novel by
J.R. Thorp, picks up where Shakespeare’s King Lear
leaves off. On the Shakespeare Unlimited
podcast, Thorp discusses her inspirations, character
backstories, and the roles of grief and nothingness in
Spielberg’s re-imagined take on West Side Story
has been attracting lots of Oscars buzz. Sixty years
after the original musical and film, Carla Della Gatta
writes about how the 2021 movie adds new layers to the
Shakespearean story of the tragic love affair between
two teenagers divided by rival New York gangs, the
Sharks and the Jets.
Modern Letterlocking and Mary, Queen of Scots
make a New Year's resolution to write more letters in 2022? To
add an extra challenge, try your hand at letterlocking — an
early modern practice of slitting and folding paper to secure a
letter from prying eyes.
have recently untangled the complicated spiral lock that Mary,
Queen of Scots used to seal what is thought to be her final
letter, right before her execution in 1587. Read the story from
NPR, and visit the Folger's Collation blog to learn more
about early modern letterlocking and the silk-flossing
technique used by the wife of James I.