William Shakespeare

'Your mountainish inhumanity': Shakespeare's ringing defense of immigrants and refugees still resonates today

'Your mountainish inhumanity': Shakespeare's ringing defense of immigrants and refugees still resonates today

In this season of peace, the country seems divided against itself as seldom before in living memory. The presidential campaign that just ended turned on a demagogic stoking of fear of immigrants and refugees of rare ferocity.

As he did of so many aspects of human character, William Shakespeare subjected this very occurrence to his incisive eye. The evidence comes from a unique artifact of Shakespeareana, a sheaf of three handwritten pages from “The Book of Sir Thomas More,” a never-produced play of about 1600 by Anthony Munday in which...

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