Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Interview Magazine Nov. 2011: Hilary Roe on the Bard of Verona

In the November 2011 edition of Interview Magazine, Royal Young talks to Hilary Roe Metternich about her father's book The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels by John Paul Roe. The Shakespeare Guide to Italy was released this week by Harper Perennial. In the Interview article titled "Hilary Roe on the Bard of Verona", Young opens the door to Roe's life and work:
Though Richard Paul Roe passed away in 2010, in a Shakespearean twist, his daughter Hilary Roe Metternich, a Greek and Roman scholar, helped him publish it posthumously. We spoke with Hilary about her father's own complex persona, from studying chemistry to flying bombers over Naples to cracking Shakespeare, why he had his doubts, and how he set out to prove them.
Young asked Metternich about her position on the topic of the Shakespeare authorship. She replied with a laugh: 
Well, of course, I am going to agree with my father. The person who wrote these plays had to have seen Italy with their own eyes. Now you've got some facts on the ground, that are going to create a little bit of trouble out there in Shakespeare land.
The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels by John Paul Roe is available in softcover and ebook formats at Amazon and other booksellers. I ordered a softcover because, having seen the privately published edition I wanted full access to the abundant and fascinating illustrations, but I may order a Kindle version, too, for ease of access to Roe's clear and engaging research and commentary.

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