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To understand today’s demagogues and despots we should look to Macbeth and Richard III.
Like sex, money is something that a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about (and wanting more of). Shakespeare was no exception.
Is literature therapy, comfort food, or a route to self-knowledge? Four literary critics – Alberto Manguel, Michael Hofmann, James Wood and Clive James – pick up where Montaigne left off.
Jonathan Bate traces the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.