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03 November 2013

The "hidden" book of Shakespeare

Quick post about something that I found yesterday: I was looking at my boyfriend's bookshelf and William Shakespeare's "Five Great Tragedies" caught my eye. I took it out of the shelf to see it closer. It was old and dusty and I think this is the main reason I noticed it among all the clean new books.



It's a 1944 print! Even more particular thing is that this was a book meant for the U.S. military so it's unusual to find one outside the US. The marking on the back of the book would encourage people to buy and send the book to boys in the army preparing to go to war. At times when computers or cell phones didn't exist, books were the only thing that could keep company to those poor men


The book contains those which I consider the best tragedies by Shakespeare: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Julius Caesar and Macbeth. I know many Goths are fond readers and love books soI thought it was a nice idea to share with you all about this finding. :)



Funny thing the bookmark was right on the page I was looking for:





Shakespeare and his tragedies have inspired many goth artists, including Emilie Autumn. This song for example is clearly inspired by the character of Ophelia.

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