Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Senator Robert C. Byrd Quotes All 37 Shakespeare Plays in 1994

I found video clips of all 37+ instances of Senator Robert C. Byrd quoting Shakespeare on the Senate floor in 1994.  (see the full list below)


  1. All's Well That Ends Well http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466616
  2. Antony and Cleopatra http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468125
  3. As You Like It http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466615 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466606
  4. The Comedy of Errors http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468126
  5. Coriolanus http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468122
  6. Cymbeline http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4467610 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466528
  7. Hamlet http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466474
  8. Henry IV, Part 1 http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468255
  9. Henry IV, Part 2 http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4467612
  10. Henry V http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466582
  11. Henry VI, Part 1 http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4467614 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466791
  12. Henry VI, Part 2 http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466596
  13. Henry VI, Part 3 http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466462
  14. Henry VIII http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4467613 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466581
  15. Julius Caesar http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4467615 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466608
  16. King John http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466603
  17. King Lear http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468130
  18. Love's Labour's Lost http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466584
  19. Macbeth http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468128
  20. Measure for Measure http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466614
  21. The Merchant of Venice http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468106
  22. The Merry Wives of Windsor http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468132
  23. A Midsummer Night's Dream http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4467607
  24. Much Ado About Nothing http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466489
  25. Othello http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466490
  26. Pericles http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468133
  27. Richard II http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466480
  28. Richard III http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466599 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466530
  29. Romeo and Juliet http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468123 and http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466605
  30. The Taming of the Shrew http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468259
  31. The Tempest http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466476
  32. Timon of Athens http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466593
  33. Titus Andronicus http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466916
  34. Troilus and Cressida http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4468258
  35. Twelfth Night http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466488
  36. Two Gentlemen of Verona http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466601
  37. The Winter's Tale http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466943
I also found Senator Byrd's special commentary about Shakespeare's genius: http://c-spanvideo.org/clip/4466610

I want to thank C-SPAN for making video available online of all Senate sessions from this period.  The site also includes a very convenient and easy-to-use video clipping service.  I want to also thank the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University for finding Senator Byrd's list of his quotes from the 1994 Senate in the archives.  This helped me track down the last few quotes that I did not find on my own.  Director of Archives Marc Levitt wrote about my inquiry on the Center's blog.

1 comment:

David Foreman said...

Thanks John Dickerson for referencing this site in "The Old Senate Was Already Dead: Passing filibuster reform just made it official." on Slate.com (11/23/13).

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/11/filibuster_reform_the_senate_and_partisanship_the_old_institution_was_already.html