Mapping Shakespeare’s Tragedies: King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello

These are the pages of my book Mapping Shakespeare’s Tragedies: King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, which was included in the show, The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page, at the New Mexico History Museum from February 5 to 28, 2016.  Each page is a map showing where a particular tragedy took place, with geographic elements and the movements of all the principals. I read all the plays, and did a lot of research of old maps from Shakespeare’s time. The book is a drum-leaf binding with watercolor and ink on watercolor paper. It measures 15″ high, 12″ wide and 3/4″ deep.  The pages measure 15″x24″.

Cover of Mapping Shakespeare's Tragedies

King Lear




About Julie Wagner

I was born in Wisconsin, and grew up on the east coast, wandering the woods, collecting leaves, bones, and bugs. After earning a BA from Oberlin College, studying sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum School, and receiving an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, I moved to a rural town in northern New Mexico where I live with my blacksmith husband, and a long series of dogs and cats. My work is based on the natural environment where I live, maps, scientific diagrams and microscopic images. My work is in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
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3 Responses to Mapping Shakespeare’s Tragedies: King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello

  1. Robin Lieske says:

    Hi Julie—this book is really beautiful!

    I’m interesting in the book art group in Taos. Is there a way to get on the mailing list?
    Thanks! Robin Lieske

    • Julie Wagner says:

      Hi Robin, I will email the woman who sends out the emails to add your name & address. We don’t have a website, and basically the emails are announcements of the next meeting and sometimes minutes of the last. Our meetings are usually on the third Tuesday of the month at 3 pm at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. Best wishes, Julie (

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