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"Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring...
"Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring...
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  • "Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account."—Shelf Awareness

    A female professor, a super maximum security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both

    Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement.

    In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

    What reviewers are saying about Shakespeare Saved My Life

    "You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book. "Shakespeare Saved My Life" also reveals many important truths ... about the meaning of empathy in our dealings with others"—Finger Lake Times

    "Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account."—Shelf Awareness

    "Opening the mind's prison proves enormously gratifying, not to mention effective ... brave, groundbreaking work"—Publishers Weekly

    "An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon."—Kirkus

    "A powerful testament to how Shakespeare continues to speak to contemporary readers in all sorts of circumstances."—Booklist

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  • From the book

    CHAPTER 1

    Favorite Freakin' Shakespeare

    Oh, man, this is my favorite freakin' quote!"

    What professor wouldn't like to hear a student enthuse so much over a Shakespeare play—a Shakespeare history play, no less! And then to be able to flip open the two-thousand-page Complete Works of Shakespeare and find the quote immediately: "When that this body did contain a spirit, a kingdom for it was too small a bound"!

    He smacks the book as he finishes reading. Meanwhile, I'm still scrambling to find the quote somewhere in Henry the Fourth, Part One.

    "Act uh...?"

    "Act 5, scene 4," my student informs me, again smacking the page with his enthusiastic fist. "Oh, man, that is crazy!"

    Yes, this is crazy: I am sitting side-by-side with a prisoner who has just recently been allowed to join the general prison population after more than ten years in solitary confinement. We met three years prior, in 2003, when I created the first-ever Shakespeare program in a solitary confinement unit, and we spent three years working together in that unit. Now we have received unprecedented permission to work together, alone, unsupervised, to create a series of Shakespeare workbooks for prisoners. Newton is gesticulating so animatedly that it draws the attention of an officer walking by our little classroom. He pops his head inside.

    "Everything okay in here?" he asks.

    "Just reading Shakespeare," I reply.

    He shakes his head and walks on.

    "That is crazy!" Newton repeats, his head still in the book.

    A record ten and a half consecutive years in solitary confinement, and he's not crazy, he's not dangerous—he's reading Shakespeare.

    And maybe, just maybe, it is because he's reading Shakespeare that he is not crazy, or dangerous.

Table of Contents-

  • Contents

    Foreword

    Chapter 1: Favorite Freakin' Shakespeare

    Chapter 2: The Value of Education

    Chapter 3: Breaking Out

    Chapter 4: Breaking In

    Chapter 5: I'm In

    Chapter 6: Newton's In

    Chapter 7: Life Inside

    Chapter 8: The First Lesson I Teach

    Chapter 9: The First Group Session

    Chapter 10: The First Lesson I Learn

    Chapter 11: Regaining Lost Humanity

    Chapter 12: Contraband

    Chapter 13: Childhood

    Chapter 14: The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Chapter 15: Supermax Kid

    Chapter 16: The Closet

    Chapter 17: My Secret Life

    Chapter 18: Tough Freedoms

    Chapter 19: "To Know My Deed"

    Chapter 20: CSI: Muncie, Indiana

    Chapter 21: Death Penalty

    Chapter 22: Escape Artist

    Chapter 23: The Dagger I See before Me

    Chapter 24: The Shower: Newton

    Chapter 25: The Shower: Me

    Chapter 26: All Hands on Deck

    Chapter 27: The Boat

    Chapter 28: New Directions

    Chapter 29: Sensory Deprivation

    Chapter 30: Isolated...and Alone

    Chapter 31: Ghosts in the Cell

    Chapter 32: Insanity

    Chapter 33: More House Calls

    Chapter 34: Administrative Segregation versus Disciplinary Segregation

    Chapter 35: Killer Dog

    Chapter 36: Extraction

    Chapter 37: B-East

    Chapter 38: This Prison Don't Matter

    Chapter 39: Meeting of the Minds

    Chapter 40: Dr. Newton

    Chapter 41: The Picture

    Chapter 42: "That's Freedom"

    Chapter 43: Another Door Opens

    Chapter 44: Killer Dog Comes Inside

    Chapter 45: "Shakespearean Considerations"

    Chapter 46: Hamlet: to Revenge or Not to Revenge

    Chapter 47: Othello: Girl Meets Boy

    Chapter 48: "Shakespeare Saved My Life"

    Chapter 49: Shakespeare Saved My Life

    Chapter 50: Shakespeare Could Save Your Life Too

    Chapter 51: Doing Life

    Chapter 52: Romeo and Juliet

    Chapter 53: Romeo and Juliet for Youth Incarcerated as Adults

    Chapter 54: Balance

    Chapter 55: Tybalt Must Die!

    Chapter 56: Killer in the Classroom

    Chapter 57: Hands that Kill Can Also...Sew?

    Chapter 58: Fears and Phobias

    Chapter 59: Sociopath or...

    Chapter 60: Socrates

    Chapter 61: Doing Good for Bad Done

    Chapter 62: Correctional Education

    Chapter 63: "Cool!"

    Chapter 64: Timeline of Anxiety

    Chapter 65: Media Celebrity

    Chapter 66: Cell Phone in the Cell

    Chapter 67: Back to Seg

    Chapter 68: Remembering the Victims

    Chapter 69: Full Circle

    Chapter 70: Tragic Kingdom

    Chapter 71: "Stay Strong"

    Chapter 72: Closing Doors

    Chapter 73: The Letter

    Chapter 74: Powering through with Shakespeare

    Chapter 75: Revelation

    Chapter 76: Footprint in the World

    Chapter 77: Mother's Day

    Chapter 78: Five Steps

    Afterword

    Reading Group Guide

    Acknowledgments

    About the Author

Reviews-

  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 15, 2013
    Indiana State literature professor Bates details her remarkable work teaching Shakespeare to inmates, an experience that proved momentous for both teacher and students. Invoking lessons from previous volunteer work at prisons in her native Chicago, Bates transported Shakespeare into solitary-confinement lock-up (Secured Housing Unit, aka "supermax") at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Indiana, and there met Larry Newton, her most engaged student and focus of this work. A convicted killer incarcerated since he was a juvenile—often in solitary confinement or on death row—Newton, despite his grade-school education, takes naturally to Shakespeare; starting with Richard II, he displays startling moments of empathy with the characters and latches on to many parallels of verisimilitude. Each week, toiling on their knees over homework assignments Bates passes through the "cuff port", forced to communicate through the bunker-like doors, chosen inmates in supermax discuss and dissect themes of revenge, criminality, honor, and love—from Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello, among others. Opening the mind's prison proves enormously gratifying, not to mention effective, for Bates as she offers the prisoners an alternative to frustrated violence. Her brave, groundbreaking work continues to be closely watched and modeled.

  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2013
    The unorthodox bonding of a Shakespeare instructor and a convicted murderer. Beginning in 2003, English professor Bates (Indiana State Univ.) began an inaugural group-study program in a solitary confinement prison space, much to the chagrin of the university department chairperson, who found the foray into criminal education a risky venture. The author's history with prison education extends back to 1983, when she volunteered at Chicago's Cook County jail while studying for her doctorate. She then taught English classes and Shakespeare studies at Indiana's supermax Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, an institution housing her home state's most dangerous criminals. There, she taught an inmate who became the first to seriously frighten her, even after many years boldly volunteering in solitary confinement. The prisoner was "caged beast" Larry Newton, a nefarious yet intellectually sharp murderer serving a life sentence without parole for crimes committed as a teenager. Bates inherited her mother's "mix of fearlessness and fearfulness," which fostered the way into the maximum security penitentiary to host an intellectual discussion on Shakespeare's plays. The author emerges as a selfless tutor dedicated to education without reservation, and she fought hard to educate Newton and other surprisingly charismatic inmates, whom she profiles with a dignified mixture of pride and humanitarianism. The 10 years spent in supermax became a transformative journey for students and teacher alike. An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline and the Bard of Avon.

    COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    January 1, 2013
    From breaking out to breaking through, that's what reading Shakespeare did for Indiana federal prison inmate Larry Newton, who was locked in solitary confinement for more than 10 years. His story is recounted by English professor Bates, who taught the Shakespeare in Shackles class that gave Newton, convicted of murder as a teenager, his new lease on life. Bates describes the program, but the core of the text is given over to Newton as he poses challenging questions from Shakespeare's works about such topics as honor, revenge, and conscience, forcing prisoners to consider their own actions in a new light. Macbeth and Hamlet are the primary targets of examination, but the inmates take fresh approaches to several plays. The short chapters are like Bates' glimpses into the cells through cuff boxes. It's clear she is impressed with Larry, and while his work is remarkable, it's also repetitive. But the journey he makes and the impact it has on Bates herself combine to form a powerful testament to how Shakespeare continues to speak to contemporary readers in all sorts of circumstances.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

  • Sue Jones, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA "Wonderful... well written, easy to follow, and hard to put down. My hope is that this book will make people understand that education can change lives."
  • Anne McMahon, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee WI "This is an amazing story, beautifully told...I'm still reeling from the power of the ending."
  • Shelf Awareness "Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account.
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  • PopMatters "Readers will find much to be inspired by and optimistic about in Bates's book"
  • Finger Lakes Times "You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book. "Shakespeare Saved My Life" also reveals many important truths ... about the meaning of empathy in our dealings with others"

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