England/Prof. Phyllis Chesler: Shakespeare’s heroic fairy realm; the world of Blake, Milton, Keats, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Austen, the Brontes, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Virginia Woolf.
England: The country of William Wilberforce, who successfully fought to abolish the slave trade; the land of the bravest suffrage movement anywhere; Churchill’s own country–that fair and glorious Kingdom is still there but it is also fraying, fading away.
I’ve just returned from a visit to this storied Isle. I saw the most sublime production of “The Tempest” at The Sam Wanamaker/Globe Theater; a wondrous production of “As You LIke It” at the National Theater; and a riveting performance of Bellini’s opera about the Druid priestess, “Norma,” at the Coliseum. Every seat was filled by Brits of all ages. High Culture still lives on there–and yet, London is no longer as I first encountered it in 1961 or again, in 1969, or even…
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