Vis­it­ing Shake­speare scholar to give lec­ture to­mor­row night

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Audiences in Auck­land will get a chance to en­gage with the world of 21st cen­tury Shake­spearean schol­ar­ship when Pro­fes­sor Gary Tay­lor, one of the world’s lead­ing Shake­speare aca­demics, vis­its this week.

The Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land and Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity of Welling­ton have joined forces to bring out Pro­fes­sor Tay­lor, who is this year’s Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land Alice Grif­fin Shake­speare Fel­low.

At The Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land Pro­fes­sor Tay­lor’s pub­lic lec­ture, “The man who made Shake­speare”, will ex­plore a key fig­ure be­hind the cre­ation of Shake­speare’s ac­claim: lit­tle-known 51year-old Lon­don printer and small busi­ness­man Ed­ward Blount.

“He was the first English pub­lisher to spe­cialise in what we would now call lit­er­a­ture,” says Pro­fes­sor Tay­lor. “His be­lief in Shake­speare’s en­dur­ing skills as a play­wright vir­tu­ally bankrupted him, but the re­sult is the most fa­mous book in English, the 1623 first edi­tion of Shake­speare’s col­lected Come­dies, His­to­ries and Tragedies.”

“Shake­speare con­tin­ues to ap­peal to audiences around the world, and it is an hon­our to host a Shake­speare scholar of such in­ter­na­tional stand­ing,” says Pro­fes­sor Tom Bishop, Head of The Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land’s Depart­ment of English. “I have no doubt that both the pub­lic lec­ture in Auck­land and the play in Welling­ton will en­lighten and en­ter­tain their audiences.”

Pro­fes­sor Tay­lor ini­tially es­tab­lished his aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion through his rad­i­cal re-edit­ing of Shake­speare for Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Press, and he has gone on to be­come one of the lead­ing in- ter­na­tional schol­ars, writ­ers and ed­i­tors of his gen­er­a­tion. He is cur­rently the Ge­orge Matthew Edgar Pro­fes­sor of English and Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for the His­tory of Text Tech­nolo­gies at Florida State Uni­ver­sity, and is the coed­i­tor of the Ox­ford Shake­speare and of the Ox­ford Mid­dle­ton, and au­thor of many books and ar­ti­cles, in­clud­ing Rein­vent­ing Shake­speare and Shake­speare Re­shaped 1606-1623.

Pro­fes­sor Gary Tay­lor (http:// www. english. fsu. edu/ fac­ulty/ gtay­lor.htm) will de­liver “The man who made Shake­speare” at 6:30pm on Thurs­day 30 April in Old Gov­ern­ment House, The Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land (cor­ner of Water­loo Quad­rant and Princes St). The lec­ture is free and open to the pub­lic. Please ar­rive early to en­sure seat­ing is avail­able.

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