To E or not to E » Manila Bulletin Lifestyle

Manila Bulletin Philippines

Breaking News from the Nation's leading newspaper

Tempo

Online Newspaper

Showbiz and Celebrity News

Sports News

World News
News Asia

The Nation's Leading Newspaper

Friday, October 20, 2017 27° Partly cloudy

To E or not to E

How an American university didn’t ‘E’ in spelling Shakespeare’s name and got away with it

Published

By John Rogers
Associated Press

Visitors to the University of Southern California might well be muttering, “What fools these mortals be” as they stroll past a statue of the legendary queen of Troy and notice William Shakespeare’s name seemingly misspelled at its base.

To USC officials, it’s much ado about nothing.

“To E, or not to E, that is the question,”’ the school responded in a statement week when asked why Shakespeare’s name is missing the last letter E in a quotation attributed to him.

Students and passerby take photos of the legendary queen of Troy

Students and passerby take photos of the legendary queen of Troy

The school noted Shakespeare has been spelled nearly two dozen different ways over the years. Officials say they settled on Shakespear, a spelling popular in the 18th century, because of the “ancient feel”’ sculptor Christopher Slatoff brought to his larger-than-life bronze work of Queen Hecuba.

The bard himself was known to switch up the spelling of his last name during his lifetime, although he did spell it Shakespeare on the last page of his will, filed shortly before his death in 1616.

He referenced Hecuba in several of his works, most prominently in Hamlet, in which Hamlet asks how the legendary queen of Troy grieved over the death of her husband, King Priam.

A quote attributed to William Shakespeare is seen on the base of queen of Troy on the campus of the University of Southern California

A quote attributed to William Shakespeare is seen on the base of queen of Troy on the campus of the University of Southern California

Her statue was unveiled to great fanfare at last week’s opening of the school’s new USC Village.

The $700 million project brings new restaurants, retail stores, and other amenities to both students and the general public, as well as 2,500 new units of student housing. It represents the largest expansion in USC’s history.

Hecuba was commissioned as a female counterpart to Tommy Trojan, the popular life-size bronze of a Trojan warrior that stands in the center of campus. Unveiled in 1930, Tommy Trojan has become a mascot of sorts to a school whose sports teams are the Trojans.

“This is our commitment to all of the women of the Trojan family,” USC president C. L. Max Nikias said at Hecuba’s unveiling.

Tags: , , , ,

Related Posts