School of Night

Shakespeare and the Burmuda Triangle

BY STEVEN SORA

The survivors of a wrecked craft find themselves on an impossibly remote island. They salvage what they can from the craft and make camp on the beach. On this island, compasses don’t work, strange lights appear and disappear, boars crush through the forest. At least one man would find the new island the clean slate he so badly needed. Most would later regret leaving the island. Sound familiar? Actually, this is not the crash of Oceanic 815 (from the popular ABC series Lost). It is…

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The Untimely Demise of William Shakespeare

BY STEVEN SORA

On March of 1616, William Shakespeare was back in his hometown of Stratford where he lived as a grain dealer, tax collector, landlord and all around businessman. He was in fine health and was coming up on his fifty-second birthday when something caused him to contemplate his mortality. He decided it was time to get his estate in order and made a will. What caused the sudden concern? Six days before, on March 19, Sir Walter Raleigh had been released from the Tower. Sir Walter…

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