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Lucius:  “Alarbus’ limbs are lopp’d,
And entrails feed the sacrificing fire,
Whose smoke, like incense, doth perfume the sky.”
(Titus Andronicus 1.1)

Welcome to Limbs of Alarbus, a site offering questions, commentaries, guides, and links relevant to the works of William Shakespeare. As of 2023-24, the extensive “Links” page is checked regularly, and questions and commentaries on the plays are being updated to accord with The Norton Shakespeare four-volume genre set, 3rd edition. Most material is Copyright (c) 2012 and subsequently by Alfred J. Drake. Visitors are welcome to use the commentaries, questions, and other materials on this site for non-commercial, educational purposes.

About the author: From 2002-2015, Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. (UC Irvine, 1997) taught many courses on Shakespeare at California State University, Fullerton and from 2002-2012 at Chapman University in Orange, California. Other scholarly interests are contemporary theory and the history of literary criticism, and Greek and Latin literature. He is currently retired, but is teaching courses on Shakespeare for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at UNLV).

Globe Theater in Southwark, reconstruction. Photo by Aiwok, 2011. Wikimedia Commons License. (Image cropped and saved as moderate-quality jpg.)

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