(Callow’s article ran in the Guardian, 4/24.)

Shakespeare, Sex & Love by Stanley Wells

Simon Callow minds his language as he revels in a study of sexuality in Shakespeare's plays

If there is any one aspect of Shakespeare's work that singles him out from every other great writer, it is the astounding comprehensiveness of his treatment of love and sex. Not only do those great themes figure prominently in virtually every play he wrote, he explores, with detailed vividness, a range of sexual and amatory experience that leaves Masters and Johnson looking pretty skimpy. From the most exalted Petrarchan effusions to the basest bodily function, he covers the waterfront.


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