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"Any Man That Can Write May Answer a Letter"

Alternative title
Juliet’s Answer
Synopsis
Podcast from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Starting in the 1930s, people began sending letters asking for advice on love and romance to Verona, Italy. The letters were all addressed to Juliet and for years, no one knew what to do with them. In 1972, a man named Giulio Tamassia began hosting dinners for a group of his friends. They started calling themselves "The Juliet Club," and Verona eventually began sending all the letters their way. Giulio has retired, but the letters keep coming and today his daughter runs a team of volunteers who continue to offer advice. In 2014, a Canadian high school teacher -Glenn Dixon - whose love life was itself kind of a mess - decided to take some time over summer vacation to go to Verona and work as one of "Juliet’s secretaries," as the volunteers are called. Dixon, whose memoir Juliet’s Answer was published in 2017 by Simon and Schuster, is interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.
Series
Shakespeare Unlimited
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Recording date
7 Feb 2017
Duration
32 mins

Credits

Producer
Richard Paul
Contributor
Barbara Bogaev; Glenn Dixon

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Juliet (character)
Related items
Secretaries of Juliet, The

Notes

Notes
Podcast: http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-66 (accessed 02/2017).
Textual information
Transcript available for download.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited/juliet-answer

Publisher

Name

R.L. Paul Productions

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