Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Titus Andronicus is unlike any other Shakespeare play and, as such, there has always been much historical controversy about the extent of his authorship of it. The tragedy is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 and is likely Shakespeare’s first tragedy. Besides being one of his earliest plays, it has historically been one of the least respected with many critics feeling that if it … Continue reading Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare‘s shortest play, and one the earliest written (first performed in 1594, though not published until the First Folio in 1623). The comedy, based entirely on the happenstances occurring when two identical twins that had been separated at birth end up in the same place, interacting with the same sets of people, unbeknownst to all involved. The resulting interplay of attempted seduction, … Continue reading The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} Richard III, the second longest play of Shakespeare’s, is classified as a history in the First Folio (though sometimes grouped in his tragedies), and concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (along with Henry VI parts 1–3). It is believed to have … Continue reading Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} One of Shakespeare’s earliest works, the comedy The Taming of the Shrew has as its storyline that which is often thought misogynistic, at least at first glance; … Continue reading The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

King Henry VI, Parts I, II & III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

William Shakespeare‘s King Henry VI is a trilogy of plays covering 50  tumultuous years of the mid-fifteenth century, during which the power struggle between the houses of Lancaster and York blossomed into The Wars of the Roses, so called because of the heraldic symbols of the houses, the red and the white rose, respectively.   Part I starts with the death of King Henry V, and covers the wars in France … Continue reading King Henry VI, Parts I, II & III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)