Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Shakespeare’s Restless World by Neil MacGregor

If the author’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he also wrote “A History of the World in 100 Objects”. This book is less overwhelming, not just because there are fewer … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 7 Comments

Coming Up On Vulpes Libris

I couldn’t resist this Canadian squirrel popping out from behind his tree to ask ‘What’s Up?’. There’s a revolutionary vibe in the air this week, mixing with the scent of … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Will on the TNT cable TV network

Twenty years ago cinema audiences fell for “Shakespeare in Love”, a film that presented the playwright as all too human, so different from the stuffy fellow many people thought he … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As extreme weather batters parts of the planet, the Foxes take refuge in stories to stay calm. It works some of the time. This week we look at new interpretations … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

This week on Vulpes Libris …

Here in the UK, overnight temperatures are starting to dip into single figures and mornings are dawning cool and misty. Autumn is upon us with a vengeance and just as … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh – by Stanley Wells

“Technical acting skills can be acquired through training and the application of intelligence, but there is an extra dimension to great acting which transcends and can even defy technique. It … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · 4 Comments

William Shakespeare. Poetry selected by Ted Hughes.

This elegant book is part of a series published by Faber, of poetry selected by poets. So, we have for instance W B Yeats selected by Seamus Heaney, Ezra Pound … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to Vulpes Libris’ 7th Annual Poetry Week! We continue our tradition of spotlighting an often under-appreciated literary form. This year’s spring time salute ranges from rural life to Shakespeare … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. (‘Measure for Measure’ Act1 Sc4 ) With these words in mind I … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

Shakespeare in a few deft strokes – a Vulpes Libris Random

I’ve recently had a number of Shakespearian treats in the theatre and cinema and on TV, and was so happy to be introduced to the deliciously funny website of a … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 7 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As we change the calendars, we note that Spring is scheduled to arrive officially later this month. Some of the Foxes view this with skepticism seeing noting but piles of … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Funky cold Messina …

Among the many translations of Much Ado About Nothing, that into Italian seems the most appropriate. In Italy, love, intrigue and treachery seem fit matters for comedy: Silvio Berlusconi is … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · 5 Comments

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

I am a great Shakespeare fan (as my post during last year’s Shakespeare Week proved) but the question of authorship has never really been of much interest to me. I … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · 19 Comments

The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street, by Charles Nicholl

Reading Charles Nicoll’s masterly slice into Shakespeare’s life story The Lodger has made me reflect on the frustrations of knowing so little about him. We have an outline of his … Continue reading

November 19, 2010 · 10 Comments



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