Episode: The Father of the Man in America
Listen now to “The Father of the Man in America,” an episode of Shakespeare in American Life.
“The Father of the Man in America” is one of three episodes of Shakespeare in American Life, a radio documentary produced by Richard Paul and narrated by Sam Waterston, airing on Public Radio International (PRI) stations beginning in April 2007. Shakespeare in American Life is an NEH-supported Folger Shakespeare Library production.
The episode title, “The Father of the Man in America,” is a quotation from the American author Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote of Shakespeare, “He drew the man of England and Europe; the father of the man in America.”
From the show :
"Shakespeare is an Englishman from 400 years ago. So how is it that he’s become so deeply woven into the fabric of contemporary American life? In high culture and low, everywhere you turn, it seems, Shakespeare is there. How did it happen? This hour, thinkers, historians, and artists explain."