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Posted by Geoff Edgers  April 23, 2007 07:28 AM

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A confession: I completed my college education without being required to read a single work by Shakespeare.

Is this because I (a.) majored in electrical engineering, (b.) attended an online university based in the Virgin Islands or (c.) played nose tackle for Ohio State?

None of the above. I was an English major who attended a well-respected liberal arts college. While I did read "White Palace" and "The Object of My Affection" as part of my required reading lists, old Billy didn't come up.

Which is not to say I ignored the Bard. Sometime during my senior year, I recognized this enormous gap in my education and, on my own time, gobbled up Shakespeare.

The point? Today's his birthday, and a study out from The American Council of Trustees and Alumni tells us that "fewer and fewer of America’s top colleges require English majors to take a course on William Shakespeare."

I don't want to get all Michael Savage on you, but it's worth noting the study.

If you want to prove you know your Hamlet, here's a quiz from the Royal Shakespeare Company. For those who need to brush up, this new site has been launched to serve as the ultimate Shakespeare resource.

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About Exhibitionist Geoff Edgers covers arts news for The Boston Globe..
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