Frank Wadsworth


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0364  Tuesday, 4 September 2012


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Subject:     Frank Wadsworth


I learned from Tom Reedy that Frank Wadsworth died recently.


Tom has set up a Wikipedia page as a memorial:


Frank W. Wadsworth (June 14, 1919 – August 9, 2012) was an American Shakespearean scholar, author, and sportsman.


Life: He was born in New York City, the son of Prescott Kingsley Wadsworth and Elizabeth Downing (Whittemore) Wadsworth. He graduated from the Kent School in 1938 and served as a naval aviator in WWII. After the war he completed his A.B. degree at Princeton University, as well as his M.A. and Ph.D. He served on the faculty teaching English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Pittsburgh, and was a founder and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Purchase College. He also served as a member of the Selection Committee for The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; and as a member of the Advisory Council, Department of English Princeton University.


He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 1961, and was the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library

Fellow, and honorary Phi Beta Kappa.


Wadsworth was a trustee of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research from 1970 to 2006, an organization supporting anthropological research, and served as Chairman of the Board from 1977 to 1987. In recognition of his commitment to the scholarly integrity of anthropology, the Foundation renamed the Professional Development International Fellowship the Wadsworth Fellowship Program. His hobbies included horseback riding and sailing. He is buried in Arlington, Vermont.


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The Poacher from Stratford: Wadsworth was probably best known to the public for his The Poacher from Stratford (1958), a popular defense of Shakespeare’s authorship and the first such book written by an academic Shakespearean scholar. He thought that Shakespeare scholars should not dismiss the claims of those who believe that someone other than Shakespeare wrote the canon, and that treating the subject with silence worked instead to encourage rather than discourage such theories. [ . . . ]


An obituary appeared in the New York Times on August 15, 2012:


Another at the “The Wenner-Gren Blog” with picture:


“Global Hamlets” Symposium, Rhodes College, October 5


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0363  Tuesday, 4 September 2012


From:        Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 3, 2012 11:14:26 PM EDT

Subject:     “Global Hamlets” Symposium, Rhodes College, October 5


On October 5, 2012, the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College will host a symposium on adaptations and appropriations of “Hamlet” across the globe, in Arab, British, Chinese, and South African contexts:


Speakers include Alexander Huang (George Washington University), Nick Hutchison (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Margaret Litvin (Boston University), and David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library).


Their lectures will be free and open to the public.


Co-sponsors include Rhodes College programs in Asian Studies, British Studies at Oxford, English, International Studies, and Theatre. 


Please contact Scott Newstok (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.






Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.


European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA)


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0362  Tuesday, 4 September 2012


From:        Jean-Christophe Mayer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 4, 2012 10:04:51 AM EDT

Subject:     Reminder: European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA)


Dear List Members,


This is just to remind you that 1 October 2012 is the deadline for submitting a proposal (abstract and brief bio) for a seminar paper at the European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA) on “Shakespeare and Myth”, which will be held in Montpellier, France (26-29 June 2013).


Seminar presentations can be downloaded from the ESRA website


or at



Jean-Christophe Mayer


on behalf of the other members of the organising committee

(Florence March, Janice Valls-Russell and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin)


ESRA Announcement


In 2011, the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft – in collaboration with ESRA – organized a major conference to commemorate 400 years of The Tempest with plenaries and seminars addressing the theme of “Shakespeare’s Shipwrecks” from a vast number of angles. The conference, held in Weimar, Germany, between 28 April and 1 May 2011, was attended by many members of the German Shakespeare Society and ESRA members from across the globe.

During the general meeting on the last day of the conference, the General Meeting of ESRA enthusiastically accepted the proposal by Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin to organize the 2013 ESRA conference in Montpellier, France, between 26 and 29 June 2013. The conference to be organized by the University of Montpellier will be devoted to “Shakespeare and Myth.”


At the Weimar gathering, the members of ESRA elected a new board:


Board Members:

  • Ton Hoenselaars, Chair (Utrecht University)
  • Clara Calvo, Conference (University of Murcia)
  • Jacek Fabiszak, Treasurer (Adam Mickiewicz University)
  • Juan F. Cerdá, Secretary (University of Murcia)
  • Michael Dobson (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Boika Sokolova (University of Notre Dame in London)
  • Andreas Höfele (University of Munich)
  • Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (University of Montpellier)



Webmaster: Juan F. Cerdá


We hope to welcome many of you as members of our new Association, online at the Discussion Group, and at our future conferences. 


Register with us at the website.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us via the Secretary, Juan F. Cerdá (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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