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Lecture: The Private Life of William Shakespeare

The Department of English welcomes Lena Orlin, professor at Georgetown University, for a lecture, "The Private Life of William Shakespeare," at 5 pm Friday, April 5. The free lecture will take place in the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Center, 1739 North High St.

Among the mysteries of Shakespeare's life, one thing we think we know is that he married unhappily in a shotgun wedding to an older, pregnant woman. He fled Stratford for London and a life away from his wife. When he died he left her nothing more than a "second-best bed." This talk takes a new look at Shakespeare's relationship with Anne Hathaway.

Lena Orlin is a professor in the Department of English at Georgetown University. She has served as executive director of the Folger Institute and as executive director of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is the author of numerous books on Shakespeare and Early Modern culture, including Locating Privacy in Tudor London (Oxford, 2009) and Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England (Cornell, 1994).