Talk:William Shakespeare

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Dear author,

I am a fan of Shakespeare! Love to read about him!


Gabi Oldman. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gabi360 (talkcontribs) 12:48, 7 January 2016‎ (UTC)

Shakespeare's Reputation[edit]

It may well be true that Shakespeare is regarded in Anglophone cultures as "the world's greatest dramatist" but that is not necessarily true in other cultures. There are those in France who regard Corneille and Racine as superior to Shakespeare and those in Chine who see him as inferior to Guan Hanqing.

I suggest further research as to Shakespeare's reputation in cultures other than the Anglophone, as a basis for a less narrowly-based statement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:50, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

The wording of the statement was discussed in detail when the article was improved and granted FA status (you can search the talk page archives), and it is sourced using three different reliable references. Tom Reedy (talk) 17:16, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Nonetheless, the wording of the statement is not written from a neutral point of view. The 3 different source are all form anglophones scholars, but the statement is about "world preeminent dramatist". I suppose that a neutral source should be a text about the matter of theater or dramatic arts in general analysing different ages, areas and authors, not 3 essays on W.S. himself, written by 3 author whose field of studies is Shakespear... The three author: Stephen Jay Greenblatt.....Shakespearean scholar, editor of the The Norton Shakespear. book cited: Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Who will be is favourite author?

David Bevington

"One of the most learned and devoted of Shakespeareans,"[2] so called by Harold Bloom, he specializes in British drama of the Renaissance, and has edited and introduced the complete works of William Shakespeare in both the 29-volume, Bantam Classics paperback editions and the single-volume Longman edition. Bevington remains the only living scholar to have personally edited Shakespeare's complete corpus.

book cited: Shakespeare (!)

Stanley Wells There's not information on wikipedia about this author, but, as the others, the book cited it's not a critical review of dramatists, but a monography on the Bard. book cited: Shakespeare: A Life in Drama (the title sounds so academic and unbiased...)

The article is yours and I understand your love for the author. It's clear that Shakespeareans like to think that "William rules!" and don't want debate, it's a condition very common in a lot of different cultures, all with its writer/poet/dramatist of untouchable status. It's ok. But please Sir, don't pretend there are unbiased source and sounded reason. Is petty anglocentrism and Chauvinism of the most common species.

(I'm european of european ancestry and I love english literature, no SJW here, but it seems to me a clear mistake declare a dramatist "the best that ever lived" in an encyclopedia, no matter how much you've discussed it before.)

P.S.: The Italian Cuisine, widely regarded as the preeminent in the world, (source: "why italian food is the best", Mario Roma, italian cook, gastronomic scholar and ambassador for SanPellegrino, "the italian gastronomy", Giovanni Napoli, italian food critic, founder of the "club for italian food studies", never been abroad and proud to never have been, "other countries sucks hard about eating", Luca Firenze, a life dedicated to study italian cheeses, wines and recipes). Soooooo ignorant, don't you think? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:00, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Proposed additions to External Links[edit]

Hello, could we consider adding this website to external links? It includes a peer reviewed paper about the portrait mainly featured on site which I have also put a link below for, and that may be wroth considering adding as well. thanks Yourbard (talk) 09:43, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 11 July 2016[edit]

Shakespeare was born in Stanford (talk) 04:42, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. - a boat that can float! (watch me float) 06:49, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
There are eight Stanfords in England. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:00, 26 September 2016 (UTC)