Shakespeare and Sexual Hypocrisy in Vienna!

In News by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams

That got your attention, didn’t it? No, we’re not talking Freud here, but rather someone who knew just as much (if not more) than the father of psychoanalysis about sex and the way it manages to mess up people’s lives. We’re talking about William Shakespeare and one his darkest “comedies” and greatest plays (one of my personal favorites to boot), the matchless Measure for Measure.

Join us as Publishing Perspectives’ epic examination of the complete plays (and some of the sonnets) of William Shakespeare, The Play’s the Thing, begins its reading of the play Harold Bloom described as “so savagely bitter as to be unmatched” — a play saturated with moral decline that moves quickly between court-room, prison, nunnery and brothel in a dark, glittering, and immensely entertaining story of justice, morality, and power, a play whose last scene “abandons us to astonishment,” a play in which Shakespeare “piling outrage upon outrage, leaves us morally breathless and imaginatively bewildered, rather as if he would end comedy itself, thrusting it beyond all possible limits, past farce, long past satire, almost past irony at its most savage.”

The work of a playwright at the peak of his powers, Measure for Measure (a title that clearly refers to the Sermon on the Mount, “With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again,”) is ideal reading for this time of year. We hope you’ll join us.

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About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.