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Resource Guide: ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller

On May 6, 2021 the Folger hosts its Virtual Book Club, featuring a discussion on Circe by Madeline Miller. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of resources related to Shakespeare and Greek mythology.


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  • Comedy of Errors (5.1.277) DUKE: Why, what an intricate impeach is this! / I think you all have drunk of Circe’s cup. / If here you housed him, here he would have been. / If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly. / You say he dined at home; the goldsmith here / Denies that saying. Sirrah, what say you?
  • Henry VI, Part 1 (5.3.30) YORK: Damsel of France, I think I have you fast. / Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, / And try if they can gain your liberty. / A goodly prize, fit for the devil’s grace! / See how the ugly witch doth bend her brows / As if with Circe she would change my shape.
  • Quiz: Greek mythological figures in Shakespeare’s plays

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Graphic illustration of stacks of books in purple. aqua, and whiteWords, Words, Words discusses Madeline Miller’s Circe on May 6, 2021. The event is free, but registration is required through our website.

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