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Where did the name “Willy Wigglestick” come from?

When I was in fifth grade, some of us “gifted” students did a brief study of Shakespeare out of a booklet called “Willy Wigglesticks.” The opening of the booklet said something like, “Shake a spear, or wiggle a stick…what’s in a name?”
Four decades later, we have a thing called “the Internet,” and this is my little slice of it, where I share my thoughts on Willy and his works.

Over those decades, my own personal Shakespeare library has grown to include a variety of publications by and about Shakespeare, including around 40 different editions of the Complete Works, and individual plays in multiple editions. (Click HERE to see the list of books in my Shakespeare library.)

I hope you enjoy your visit to the Willy Wigglestick blog. Feel free to leave comments on any of the posts you read herein!

“I am but mad north-northwest; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” (Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2)

The portrait to the right is known as the Chandos portrait, and is thought to be William Shakespeare. It was painted sometime between 1600 and 1610.


Sirrah, if I were still alive, this would be exactly what my website would look like.

William Shakespeare

Everything you see here that has Shaksper’s name on it…don’t believe it. It’s really mine.

Edward deVere