Today we're thrilled to welcome May McGoldrick to Heroes and Heartbreakers. While a “death day” doesn't typically offer much to celebrate, today we're here to celebrate the life and work of Shakespeare. Four hundred years to the day after his death, Shakespeare's works are still relevant and timeless. May McGoldrick—whose latest release Much Ado About a Highlander comes out on May 3 and offers a twist on a classic Shakespearean story—is here to talk about what has made him so enduring—and we think it might have something to do with love *wink wink.* Thanks, May!
When Shakespeare’s friends and partners got together to assemble his plays for the first time, his great rival Ben Jonson wrote, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” High praise, to be sure, but maybe this was the original book quote, put on that First Folio simply to sell a few more copies.
No, no, let’s put that cynicism behind us. Four hundred years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play, and his language, imagery, plots, and (most important) characters are as alive today as they were when the plays were originally staged. Shakespeare’s plays have definitely survived the test of time. But why is that?