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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 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 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 might also wish to look at a biography of Mr. Andrews, and sample a few of the reviews he's written for the Washington Post and The American Scholar about recent books on Shakespeare.

Many theater professionals use The Everyman Shakespeare, a 16-volume paperback series that retains significant features of the original printings and includes lively forewords by prominent actors and directors. They also consult William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence, Mr. Andrews' 3-volume 1985 Scribners reference set, a collection with contributions by such luminaries as Jacques Barzun, Anthony Burgess, Sir John Gielgud, Jonathan Miller, and Sir Peter Ustinov, and its 2001 companion set, Shakespeare's World and Work, designed primarily for use by 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 or helped arrange more than a dozen of C-SPAN2's weekend Book TV offerings. He made several appearances in the late William Safire's engaging "On Language" column for the New York Times Magazine. For a sampling of Mr. Andrews' views about the language in the early printings of Shakespeare's poems and plays, see "Site-Reading Shakespeare's Dramatic Scores" and "Textual Deviancy in The Merchant of Venice." For his remarks on thematic issues in various plays, see "Ethical and Theological Questions in Shakespeare's Dramatic Works" and "Falling in Love in Romeo and Juliet." And for some of Mr. Andrews' recorded comments about eminent actors who have become mainstaiys on public television, see MPT's Afternoon Tea.