Author: William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The Sonnets compiles 154 Sonnets written by Shakespeare on all manner of themes from love and fidelity to politics and lineage. Many of the sonnets – in particular the first 17, commonly called the procreation sonnets – were commissioned, a fact which calls a simple, romantic reading into question. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English […]

Othello

The most striking difference between Othello and Shakespeare’s other tragedies is its more intimate scale. Because the play focuses on personal rather than public life, Othello’s private descent into jealous obsession is especially chilling to behold. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through […]

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two teenage “star-cross’d lovers” whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are […]

Macbeth

Arguably the darkest of all Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is also one of the most challenging. Is it a work of nihilistic despair, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” or is it a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of Machiavellianism and relativism? Does it lead to hell and […]

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare’s other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps more remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for the […]

Julius Caesar

A great tragedy based on Plutarch’s account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Evil plotting, ringing oratory, high tragedy occur with Shakespeare’s incomparable insight and dramatic power. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent […]

Henry VIII

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth is a history play by William Shakespeare, based on the life of Henry VIII of England. An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play’s publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic […]

Cymbeline

One of Shakespeare’s final works, Cymbeline uses virtuoso theatrical and poetic means to dramatize a story of marriage imperiled by mistrust and painfully rebuilt in the context of international conflict.

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch’s Life of Markus Antonius and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Parthian War to Cleopatra’s suicide. The major antagonist […]

The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, first published in the First Folio in 1623. Although it was listed as a comedy when it first appeared, some modern editors have relabeled the play a romance. Some critics, among them W. W. Lawrence (Lawrence, 9-13), consider it to be one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”, […]

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis is a poem by William Shakespeare, written in 1592-93, with a plot based on passages from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is a complex, kaleidoscopic work, using constantly shifting tone and perspective to present contrasting views of the nature of love.

Venus Et Adonis

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare from early in his career. It has the smallest cast of any of Shakespeare’s plays, and is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy. It deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity. The highlight of the play […]

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, based on the short story “Of Apolonius and Silla” by Barnabe Rich. It is named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It was written around 1601 and first published in the First Folio in 1623. The main title is believed […]

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1602. The play (also described as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays) is not a conventional tragedy, since its protagonist (Troilus) does not die. The play ends instead on a very bleak note with the death of the noble Trojan Hector […]

Troilus Et Cressida

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

Timon D’Athenes

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. The play is by far Shakespeare’s bloodiest work. It lost popularity during […]

Titus Andronicus (Français)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

The Tempest

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610-11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place, using illusion […]

Romeo Et Juliette

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece (1594) is a narrative poem by William Shakespeare about the legendary Lucretia. In his previous narrative poem, Venus and Adonis (1593), Shakespeare had included a dedicatory letter to his patron, the Earl of Southampton, in which he promised to write a “graver work”. Accordingly, The Rape of Lucrece lacks the humorous […]

Pericles

Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a play written (at least in part) by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected works despite some questions over its authorship, as it was not included in the First Folio. Many modern editors believe that Shakespeare is responsible for the main portion of the play after […]

Pericles (Français)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

Peines D’Amour Perdues

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

Othello; Ou, Le More De Venise

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. First published in 1600, it is likely to have been first performed in the autumn or winter of 1598-1599, and it remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and exhilarating plays on stage. Stylistically, it shares numerous characteristics with modern romantic comedies including the two pairs […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s classic tale of two couples who can’t quite pair up to everyone’s satisfaction. Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander but has been promised to Demetrius by her father. Hermia’s best friend Helena loves Demetrius, but in his obsession for Hermia Demetrius barely even notices her smitten friend. When […]

Mesure Pour Mesure

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) est considéré comme l’un des plus grand poètes, dramaturges et écrivains de la culture anglo-saxonne. Il est réputé pour sa maîtrise des formes poétiques et littéraires; sa capacité a représenter les aspects de la nature humaine est souvent mise en avant par ses amateurs. Figure éminente de la culture occidentale, Shakespeare continue […]

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