Paul Hoover & William Shakespeare
From Sonnet 56: 56 Versions of Shakespeare



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Paul Hoover has published eleven collections of poetry including Edge and Fold, Poems in Spanish, Winter (Mirror), Rehearsal in Black, and Totem and Shadow: New & Selected Poems. His collection of literary essays, Fables of Representation, was published by University of Michigan Press. He is editor of the Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, and, with Maxine Chernoff, the literary magazine New American Writing. With Nguyen Do, he has edited and translated the anthology Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry and with Maxine Chernoff, the forthcoming Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin. He is Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

William Shakespeare (Apr 26, 1564 – Apr 23, 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.