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Review: A Thousand Times More Fair by Kenji Yoshino - An 'Enlightening Study' of Shakespeare and Justice
Book Reviews | March 14, 2011

Review: A Thousand Times More Fair by Kenji Yoshino - An 'Enlightening Study' of Shakespeare and Justice

Kenji Yoshino’s A Thousand Times More Fair, which looks at themes of justice in Shakespeare, has been hailed by The Charlotte Observer as “the most enlightening study of the subject to appear in a century.” Drawing startling parallels between nine Shakespeare plays — from Titus Andronicus to The Tempest — Kenji Yoshino looks at how the Bard anticipated contemporary American notions of justice and the law. What does The Merchant of Venice tell us about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair? How does Measure for Measure echo President Obama’s attempts at bipartisanship? And what can Titus teach us about America’s need to avenge 9/11 by invading Iraq and Afghanistan? The Observer’s reviewer concludes, “readers will come away from it, I think, with a greater appreciation for Shakespeare’s unparalleled insight and wisdom.”

From The Charlotte Observer:
Strictly speaking, Yoshino is an amateur. In his day job, he’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University. Yet his book is well-informed by scholarship, nuanced and appealingly written. As such, it’s another in a laudable trend of recent Shakespeare studies - Stephen Greenblatt’s “Will in the World,” James Shapiro’s “Contested Will,” and Mark Taylor’s “Reading King Lear” come to mind - a trend marked by books that appeal equally to scholarly and general audiences.
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