Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Book Review: Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III

Henry VI:  Parts I, II, and III, by William Shakespeare It is no surprise that these plays are among the least played and least regarded of all of Shakespeare’s plays, or that they were written towards the beginning of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard II

Richard II, by William Shakespeare One of the more intriguing aspects of the relationship between drama and politics in Elizabethan England is the way that a performance of this play wound up endangering the lives and well-being of Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard III

Richard III, by William Shakespeare There are a variety of ways that one can view Richard III.  As a portrayal goes, Shakespeare’s protagonist is dishonest and ruthlessly ambitious, a step above the usual Marlovian overreachers and one that embodies the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry V

Henry V, by William Shakespeare I first remember hearing about this play, at least indirectly, as a child.  Although I did not grow up reading (or watching) Shakespeare’s historical plays, since I did not come from a family that was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry IV: Part 2

Henry IV:  Part 2, by William Shakespeare Why is this play named the way it is?  On the one hand, there is a seamless connection to the first play, of which this is an obvious sequel, but on the other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry IV: Part 1

Henry IV:  Part 1, by William Shakespeare I must admit that as a reader of Shakespeare’s plays that I find a great deal less enjoyment out of his historical plays than I do out of most of his other plays.  … Continue reading

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This Thing Of Darkness I Acknowledge Mine

It may be a somewhat widespread opinion, but one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare (among many excellent ones) has been, as long as I have been familiar with it, The Tempest.  As someone who appreciates discussing matters of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Antony And Cleopatra

Antony And Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Masmussen Admittedly, this has never been even close to my favorite plays by Shakespeare [1].  As far as tragedies go, it is not one that I could particularly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen Off and on over the past few months I have been rereading the Shakespeare plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company editions [1] which look at not only the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Falstaff Give Me Life

Falstaff Give Me Life, by Harold Bloom I must say that unlike many people I have not generally found Falstaff to be particularly appealing.  The author, it should be noted, finds Falstaff very appealing, but he has never particularly appealed … Continue reading

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