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John Andrews
Among Mr. Andrews' recent articles is a piece he co-authored for the New York Times about the Civil War as a Shakespearean tragedy, a study that echoed his October 1990 article about the Lincoln assassination for The Atlantic. He has also addressed these topics in Humanities magazine, in lectures at the Smithsonian and in a variety of other venues, in interviews on NPR's Sunday "Weekend Edition," on the Voice of America, and in two documentaries, one for NPR, the other for PBS. His whimsical approach to "Our American Cousin" appeared in 1989 in WETA Magazine. For Op-Eds that connect the playwright to current affairs, see Mr. Andrews' remarks about Eliot Spitzer and Donald Trump in the Santa Fe New Mexican and about Sarah Palin in the Washington Post. And see James M. Keller's recent interview with Mr. Andrews in Pasatiempo for comments about a January 2014 NT Live presentation of Coriolanus. You may also wish to look at a biography of Mr. Andrews, sample a few of his reviews for the Washington Post and The American Scholar, and examine coverage he's received in periodicals like The Chronicle of Higher Education (both before and after the BBC series known as "The Shakespeare Plays"), Time, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and U.S.News and World Report.

Many theater professionals use The Everyman Shakespeare, a 16-volume paperback series that retains significant features of the original printings and includes forewords by prominent actors and directors. They also consult William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence, Mr. Andrews' 3-volume 1985 Scribners reference collection, an enthusiastically received set with contributions by such luminaries as Anthony Burgess, Jonathan Miller, and Sir Peter Ustinov, and its 2001 companion trilogy, Shakespeare's World and Work, designed for teachers and students. Mr. Andrews has assisted BBC Radio 4 with two Any Questions? programs and two lectures in honor of Alistair Cooke. He has presided over more than a dozen of C-SPAN2's weekend Book TV offerings. And he made several appearances in the late William Safire's "On Language" column for the New York Times Magazine. For a sampling of Mr. Andrews' views about the early printings of Shakespeare's poems and plays, see "Site-Reading Shakespeare's Dramatic Scores", "Textual Deviancy in The Merchant of Venice," and Ron Rosenbaum's chapter about the benefits of familiarity with "Original Spelling" in his book on The Shakespeare Wars. For Mr. Andrews' remarks on thematic issues in key plays, see "Ethical and Theological Questions in Shakespeare's Dramatic Works" and related articles about Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Measure for Measure. Meanwhile, for Mr. Andrews' observations about several renowned actors, see MPT's Afternoon Tea.

To mark "Shakespeare 400," a global commemoration of he playwright's life and legacy, the Guild is offering programs this sprinjg in New York, Santa Fe, and Washington. Several focus on the Folger Shakespeare Library, which is marking the occasion with a national tour of First Folios from its incomparable holdings. For background on this extraordinary initaitive, visit the website of Albuquerque station KUNM, where you'll find several links of interest, among them one that will permit you to hear Spencer Beckwith's conversation with Mr. Andrews and Mary Kershaw, director of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Mr. Andrews has also been featured on two other recent broadcasts, one over Albuquerque's KKOB (conducted this time by news director Pat Allen), and one over Santa Fe's KSFR, a February 7 "Classical Sunday" roundup, hosted by Peter Lloyd, with primary focus on a concert conducted by Oliver Prezant of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. Mr. Andrews will soon be heard on another KSFR program, Mary-Charlotte's popular "Santa Fe Radio Cafe."