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February 24, 2004

Distinguished Literary Critic and Scholar to Discuss Shakespeare

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Paul Alpers, a distinguished scholar of the literature of the English Renaissance and a professor of English emeritus at the University of California Berkeley, will discuss "Shakespeare and the Outer Isles: Macbeth and Barbarous Scotland," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Alpers will examine aspects of Shakespeare's tragedies, particularly "Macbeth." He has written extensively on Edmund Spenser and is the author of "The Poetry of The Faerie Queene." He has also written about poetry of the European Renaissance and Latin poetry, most notably in "The Singer of the Eclogues: A Study of Virgilian Pastoral." His most recent book is "What Is Pastoral?," for which he was awarded the Christian Gauss Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association.

Alpers' talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries.


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