38 plays, 2 long poems, and 154 sonnets in 2462 onion-paper pages. I read them all. ALL. I think I deserve a self-congratulation for this. Yes. Good job!
It took me more than two months of intense reading that toughened my wrists and arms from reading it on the train standing, hardened my heart with stony indifference against people's perplexed and peering gazes thrown at me even to the point of leaning in from the side to see what the hell I'm reading, and made me utterly fearless again...more
Can 35 Thousand Literary Critics and 3 Million Groundlings Be Wrong? Yes.
Taking arms against Shakespeare, at this moment, is to emulate Harry Potter standing up to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Simply opposing Lord V-- won't end him. The Shakespeare epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane. Or so one can hope.
The official newspaper of our dominant counter-culture, The New York Times, has been startled by Shakespeare's plays into est...more
This edition seeks to give us every word attributed to Shakespeare (although, as it points...more
For anyone saying, "Huh?" right now, let me say that EIII is one of the "Apocryphal Plays" that have been credited wholly or in part to Shakespeare at one time or another but that do not have conclusive proof of authorship by Big Bill Rattlepike. In the Second Edition of the Oxford Shakespeare Complete Works, the whole text of all plays the editors are convinced Shakespeare had a hand in is printed. This means that they have made the brave decision to include Edward III, convinced as t...more
The poems are presented well, but the plays aren't formatted in the most user-friendly way: the font is tiny, close together, in articles going vertically down the page with several colums on...more
Much Ado About Nothing
Henry IV, Part Two
Henry IV, Part One
The Merchant of Venice
The Life and Death of King John
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Romeo & Julliet
Love's Labour Lost
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Taming of the Shrew - I love this play. Maybe that makes me a bad person, I don't know. I love the problems of it, I love watching directors and actors try to solve the problems of it, I love the wordpl...more
1st: Macbeth (finished-review posted)
2nd: Two Gentlemen of Verona (finished-review posted)
3rd: King Lear (finished-review posted)
4th: Merchant of Venice (finished-review posted)
5th: Othello (finished-review p...more
This book (at least the 1943 edition) is not for those who have to read just a play or two for class-- go pick up a Folger edition if that is the case-- or for those who are performing a pl...more
THE RSC COMPLETE WORKS
There were some things I really loved about this edition, and some I didn't.
The binding is somewhat flimsy, and on a book this size (admittedly, one that I lug around everywhere), it started to wear pretty quickly. The pages are also tissue-paper thin, to the extent that they rip if you turn them even a litte to enthusiastically.
The annotations are at the bottom, of the page, and there's no clea...more
Tragically, so many start reading a play, get frustrated by the language and give up. I think that'...more
Just like any prolific writer, even the great Shakespeare is hit and miss. For every Julius Ceasar, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, there are painfully dry and boring plays so dreadful that making students read it violates the Geneva Convention somehow.
Shakespeare's true genius comes in his characters, which I think is exactly what makes his plays live on. Ye...more
I loved the classic theme: star-crossed lovers from different backgrounds falling in love (well, duh, I was a teenager when I read it). The main plot is still relevant today, there are st...more
romeo and Juliet
Midsummer Night's Dream
Taming of the Shrew
Henry IV (part 1 and 2)
Much Ado About Nothing
OK, this isn’t the edition that I either own or have ever owned. I wish! And no, I haven’t read the complete works – and I really doubt I’ll ever have to … unless I get my hands on this book, of course.
I’ve read barely a handful of Will’s sonnets, although the sonnet itself (Italian and English) is my favorite poetic form for its demanding meter and exacting rhyme schemes. As for the plays, the best thing to do if you’re not a literature major or an English teacher is to watch live performances
How about a security system? I guarantee any burglar you bash over the head with this book is going to have at least a concussion, if not brain damage.
What about a doorstop? do you live in a drafty house with doors slamming all the time? You need one of these then, any door parked behind this tome is going nowhere.
Got kids? Are they too big for a high chair but still a little too short for a regular chair? Park one...more
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