This is not an actual review

Hi, everyone!

I was thinking to tell you a few things about some books that I had read a long time. I work in a theatre for almost three years so I had the opportunity to read many books, mostly plays. 

I liked almost all of them, but what I really enjoyed reading are all the books by and about William Shakespeare. I came along many of this kind of books and I will try to show you as many as I can remember.

This is my favorite book. It contains the complete work of William Shakespeare and it has 475 pages on A4 size. Awesome right?

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The first volume contains Henry VI, part one, two and three, Richard III, King John, and The Houses of Lancaster and York.

The second volume contains Richard II, Henry IV part one and two, Henry V, Henry VIII, and The Houses of Lancaster and York.
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You all know about Hamlet tragedy but this is edited by Harold Jenkins and is accompanied by extensive critical notes and historical commentary.

The play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother’s widow. It is known that this is Shakespeare’s longest play.

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This book contains Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

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Twelfth night is a comedy that I enjoyed reading. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

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Learn more about the work of William Shakespeare with The Shakespeare Book, packed full of infographics, inspirational quotes, character guides, and more bonus material that illuminates the bard’s work, from Shakespeare plays like Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and As You Like It, to his best-loved sonnets, and even obscure lost works. Every comedy, tragedy, history, and poem of Shakespeare’s is collected here in this comprehensive guide.

Shakespeare’s canon comes to life with images, idea webs, timelines, and quotes that help the reader understand the context of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Each play includes a glance-able guide to story chronology, so you can easily get back on track if you get lost in Shakespeare’s beautiful language. Character guides are a handy reference for casual readers and an invaluable resource for playgoers and students writing reports on Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Book includes the best of Shakespeare, and it’s set to become a staple for theater lovers, Shakespeare students, and Shakespeare fans because its information is delivered in such an understandable and inspirational way. – Goodreads ⇑

I find this book somehow funny and I like to hide my nose in it from time to time. 

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By means of “noting“(nothing) (which means gossip, rumor, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

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It dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, he murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.Wikipedia⇑

I loved this tragedy because somehow it reminded me of The Reign Tv show which I love. 

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4 Comments

  1. Surely you need a collection on Shakespeare’s sonnets? Those are wonderful all by themselves. And I hope you get to see these plays on stage, too. Have you come across “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Condensed”? Funny play! (not assembled by Shakespeare.)

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