Cannon Beach Library

Cannon Beach Reads: “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics”

Members of Cannon Beach Reads begin a 13th year of discussing important books, every third Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 North Hemlock. The book that will be discussed at the September 18 meeting is Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, by Stephen Greenblatt. Greenblatt, a Professor of Humanities at Harvard and a noted Shakespearean scholar, is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. Shakespeare created many memorable tyrants (Richard III, Lear, Coriolanus), and examined the disastrous impact of their lust for power on society. His presentation of these tyrants was a veiled commentary on an increasingly tyrannous Queen Elizabeth I. Shakespeare made his point without ever mentioning Elizabeth I’s name (and so managed to literally keep his head). In a similar manner, Greenblatt’s analysis of these tyrants offers insights regarding the current occupant of the White House, though Trump is never mentioned by name. For example, in analyzing King Lear, Greenblatt points out the danger to society of an impulsive monarch. Joseph Bernt will be leading the discussion on Wednesday, September 18 at the Library. Come join what promises to be a lively conversation. Cannon Beach Book Company orders books for purchase, and the library makes a copy available for patrons. New members are always welcome.


PO Box 486
131 N. Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR 97110-0486


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