Friday, September 4, 2009


Shakespeare’s Posse Signs Onto Facebook

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain were on Facebook, their status updates would be hilarious.

In Ophelia Joined The Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs On To Facebook (Plume), Sarah Schmelling imagines if literary greats like Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, and their characters joined Facebook.

She figures Shakespeare would be the first to sign on to the social networking site, and his peers would follow suit.

The best status updates would come from Oscar Wilde or Mark Twain, who’d be in a constant cyber “quip off” with each other.

Schmelling says the most annoying Facebook friend would be Holden Caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye since “he’s kind of a downer,” while literary ladies would spend their time taking quizzes like “What kind of adulteress are you?”

Her Facebook lit all started with a “news feed” summing up Hamlet, which has been used by teachers to sell their tech-savvy students on Shakespeare.

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