Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Downtown
Tues March 13, 7 pm
A common question Shakespearean scholars have about The Merchant of Venice is how the playwright managed to have such a detailed knowledge of the city without having traveled there himself. Two scholars (Earl Showerman and Michael Delahoyde) believe that the Earl of Oxford, who did visit Venice, was the real writer. Join them as they discuss this, Venice's Jewish population, and Gaspar Ribiero, a man who they believe was the inspiration for the play's principal antagonist, Shylock.