Best of William Shakespeare
What is William Shakespeare's best work?

1 Hamlet
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2 Macbeth
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3 Romeo and Juliet
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4 A Midsummer Night's Dream
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5 Othello
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6 King Lear
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7 Much Ado About Nothing
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8 Twelfth Night
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9 The Tempest
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10 The Merchant of Venice
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11 The Taming of the Shrew
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12 Julius Caesar
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13 As You Like It
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14 Shakespeare's Sonnets
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15 Richard III
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16 Antony and Cleopatra
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17 Henry V
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18 The Winter's Tale
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19 Titus Andronicus
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20 The Comedy of Errors
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21 Richard II
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22 King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars...
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23 Measure for Measure
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24 Love's Labour's Lost
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25 The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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26 Troilus and Cressida
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27 Coriolanus
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28 King Henry VI, Part 2
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29 Pericles
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30 Cymbeline
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31 The Merry Wives of Windsor
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32 Henry VIII
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33 Ages Of Man
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34 King Henry VI, Part 3
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35 King John
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36 Henry IV, Part 2 (Wars of t...
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37 Timon of Athens
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38 King Edward III
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39 Henry VI, Part 1
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40 The Phoenix and the Turtle
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41 Hamlet
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41 The Oxford Shakespeare: The...
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43 Shakespeare's Restless Worl...
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44 The Time Traveller's Guide ...
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45 Elizabeth's London: Everyda...
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45 books · 801 voters · list created July 31st, 2008 by Leila (votes) .
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message 1: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Much Ado about Nothing is better than Taming of the Shrew? I object! ;(


message 2: by Kahmun (new)

Kahmun What's East of Eden doing there - as much as I like steinbeck... he shouldn't be on shaky's list


message 3: by Leila (new)

Leila Kahmun wrote: "What's East of Eden doing there - as much as I like steinbeck... he shouldn't be on shaky's list"

Thanks for telling me :) I removed it now.


 Imani ♥ ☮ love othello. its like almost a modern story even though its like a 300 year old story


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Shakespeare is my template and master, besides some of the old Greeks. In my Saltian project I am looking for people to compare a poem I wrote with a passage in As You Like It. I'd love to see someone write a short comparison (a line or two will do) of the category Mr. William depicted with one of the poems I wrote for that category. Not a critique of the poem but how the poem's subject matter relates to the monologue, the times, etc. Any takers? http://booksblog.unboundcontent.com Thanks.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I tried to add the book "The New Temple Shakespeare" which includes Venus & Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, and The Phoenix & Turtle but it's not coming up anywhere. It was first published in 1935.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It may not be in the database.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

haven't read many of Shakespeare's books/plays,(though I should) so I couldn't make an accurate vote...


message 9: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Thirty-five needs to be removed—it's the same as one! Otherwise, a great list. I am surprised I have only read three of these. (I'm currently reading Hamlet.)


message 10: by Brian (last edited Mar 31, 2012 01:37PM) (new)

Brian I only voted for two because they're the only ones I've read (I'm in high school)


message 11: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor Where is King Henry VI Part 3???? That's my favourite.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add it to the list; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 13: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor Susanna wrote: "You could add it to the list; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""

Thank you!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.


message 15: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Someone added a whole bunch of books to this list that have nothing to do with Shakespeare (Harry Potter, Batman, and Twilight, to name a few). I deleted them.


message 16: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Macbeth, hands down, should be number one as it is the best of Shakespeare's works (at least in my opinion). I have read 5 of the works listed (as I am only in high school and haven't had the vocabulary or analysis skills to read more earlier). The five include: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Othello. If you haven't read Macbeth I highly recommend it.

Also, if anyone has a suggestion of what I should read next it would be greatly appreciated. I am one of those strange people who loves Shakespeare and I am open to almost anything.


message 17: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Midsummer's night's dream is great


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Alicia - Richard II? (A tragedy/history play.) As You Like It? (Comedy.)


message 19: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Alicia wrote: "Macbeth, hands down, should be number one as it is the best of Shakespeare's works (at least in my opinion). I have read 5 of the works listed (as I am only in high school and haven't had the vocab..."

The Tempest. You've only read the tragedies, and you need to read a Shakespearean comedy. I highly recommend Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest, but the second is a little simpler and easier to follow!


message 20: by Kirby (new)

Kirby I have to say that I prefer Shakespeare's tragedies over his comedies. I'm not sure if I like "Macbeth" or "Hamlet" better. I like "The Comedy of Errors" and "The Tempest."


message 21: by Aizaabbas (new)

Aizaabbas the book hamlet and the winters tale i love them .that's a novel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 22: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Any reason why All's Well That Ends Well isn't in here? I mean it is my least favorite, but that's still a little harsh.


message 23: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Alicia wrote: "Macbeth, hands down, should be number one as it is the best of Shakespeare's works (at least in my opinion). I have read 5 of the works listed (as I am only in high school and haven't had the vocab..."

I can't recommend Richard III enough. You need to read up a bit on British history, though, but it's as entertaining as any play in history.


message 24: by Azra (new)

Azra Ahmed i want more best novels.


message 25: by Ahmad (new)

Ahmad mohammad Maali i want too


message 26: by Vinothini (new)

Vinothini Pn Shaespeare's king lear reflects the real sorrow of people in a different way


message 27: by Vinothini (new)

Vinothini Pn Shaespeare's king lear reflects the real sorrow of people in a different way


message 28: by Sizwe (new)

Sizwe Kambhobho I love otello so much but how do I read it, please help!


message 29: by William (new)

William Yang I'm sorry, but there are non-Shakespeare books in this list. What is going on?


message 30: by Oday (new)

Oday Jabir verry verry veryy nice link many thanks


message 31: by Portia (new)

Portia Why are there so many non-Shakespeare books?


message 32: by Krystal (new)

Krystal Othello should be number three IMO. And I agree ... non Shaekspeare books are on the list!


message 33: by Beth (new)

Beth ummmm, what the is going on with the non Shakespeare books? its meant to be a page for Shakespeare books ONLY!


message 34: by Beth (new)

Beth I think


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