John Barton, Director and Co-Founder the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dies at Age Eighty-Nine

Written by Nicole Cappabianca

John Barton, director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), died at age eighty-nine, according to MobyLives. Barton is said to have died at a care home in west London on January 18th.

Barton founded the RSC with Peter Hall in 1960. Barton’s wife, Anne, passed away in 2013 at the age of 80. He is survived by his sister Jennifer.

Barton is remembered as a visionary who changed the way Shakespeare was interpreted and performed. He approached the text in new ways, even writing his own scenes to insert into the original text of well known plays.

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On this month’s Black Girl Magic (~Literary Edition~): Edwidge Danticat wins the Neustadt Prize

Written by Nicole Cappabianca

On November 9, Edwidge Danticat was announced as the 2018 winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Within the literary community, the Neustadt Prize is called the “American Nobel” because of its reputation of influencing the Swedish Academy’s annual selection. Any living writer from any part of the world is eligible for the Neustadt Prize. The award is the first of its kind to originate from the United States due to its large scope, and it’s one of the very few international prizes that is open to poets, novelists, and playwrights. The winners are awarded $50,000, a silver replica of an eagle’s feather, and a certificate.

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