The Shakespeare Project.

I have long loved the Bard. I first experienced Shakespeare's work as a freshman in high school reading Romeo and Juliet. And while I loved the lush language and characters, I hated the storyline. My English teacher, aware of my hatred for the love-obsessed teenagers, encouraged me not to give up on the Bard, but to read more of his work. Eventually, I did.

I took a Shakespeare class later on in high school, as well as reading some of the sonnets on my own. In college, I took another Shakespeare class, where I learned more about the life of the man, the stories behind the sonnets, and read a few of his lesser-known plays. So when it came time to craft my list of initial 250 classics, quite a few Shakespeare titles happened to be repeats.

I ended up finishing all of the plays on that 250 list during my Shakespeare Reading Month that I hosted in January 2012. I also reached out and wrote a few posts that many have found helpful:
 Since then, I haven't had the opportunity to continue reading the Bard's works, so I'd like to make it a point to complete reading his works, and doing some more in-depth reading about the life of the man. Like my Willa Cather project, I want to read my way through his works and blog about the process. However, I've already made a huge dent in his complete works, so I will be using old blog entries for those plays. You can monitor my progress below.

  • The Sonnets
  • A Lover's Complaint
  • The Rape of Lucrece
  • Venus and Adonis
  • Funeral Elegy
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • As You Like It: Post 1/19/12
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Cymbeline
  • Love's Labours Lost
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Merchant of Venice: Post 2/4/12
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Post 2/7/12
  • Much Ado About Nothing: Post 10/4/09
  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest: Post 8/31/10
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night: Post 1/20/12
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Winter's Tale: Post 2/9/10
  • Henry IV Part 1: Post 2/2/12
  • Henry IV Part 2: Post 2/2/12
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI Part 1
  • Henry VI Part 2
  • Henry VI Part 3
  • Henry VIII
  • King John
  • Richard II
  • Richard III: Post 1/28/12     

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