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John Andrews
For a two-page biography of Mr. Andrews, click here. Among his many articles is one Mr. Andrews co-authored for the New York Times about the Civil War as a Shakespearean tragedy. This piece echoed his frequently-cited October 1990 article about the Lincoln assassination for The Atlantic. Mr. Andrews has also addressed this topic in Humanities magazine, in lectures delivered in such high-profile venues as the Smithsonian, the QE2, and the University of Cambridge, 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 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 ooffered several 2016 programs in New York, Santa Fe, and Washington. Several focused on the Folger Shakespeare Library, which provided 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 Spencer Beckwith's conversation with Mr. Andrews and Mary Kershaw, director of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Mr. Andrews was also featured on three other recent broadcasts, among them one on Albuquerque's KKOB (conducted by news director Pat Allen), and another on February 17, 2016, over KSFR's award-winning "Santa Fe Radio Cafe." For more information about Mr. Andrews and his colleagues on the Board of Dirctors and Advisory Council of the Shakespeare Guild, click here.