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Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Very true in more ways than one! However, we hope that the 'substance' of our ambitions will be more than 'the shadow of a dream' (pick a play, Mary!) for we wish to publish a book! A book that beautifully illustrates (literally) the anatomical parts of our mortal bodies as understood in Shakespeare's England and described through his collection of works. The best quotes about each part of the human body will paired with detailed illustrations and illuminating explanations on how the comprehension of his original audience would be very different from the modern one today. Nuance and meaning in some of the most famous passages and characters in literary history shift in important and subtle ways according to the medical understanding at the time. We will demonstrate how some early modern ideas about human anatomy would be considered obsolete and 'foolish' by today's standards, but also how others have stood the test of time and shaped our continued understanding.

We appreciate your interest and support in helping us welcome Anatomical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Guide to Shakespeare's 'Mere Anatomy' into your bookshelves. We look forward to sharing our findings with you and learning from you through discussions and suggestions. Thank you for taking an interest in our interests; your kind attention is our 'sticking-place' (we've swerved into Macbeth now) and helps us continue on.

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