Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Scrutinizing Shakespeare

One of the many things I want to work on this year is reading Shakespeare. Last year I fell in love with his work and decided I wanted to finish off my "Shakespeare a Month" challenge as well as look at some of his other work.

Below I've outlined his plays, poems, sonnets and apocrypha. I've also picked some films that have been recommended to me as well as books on Shakespeare. I don't have a timeline for this but I wanted to post it to remind me of what I want to accomplish this year.


The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589-1591)
The Taming of the Shrew (1590-1594)
Henry VI Part 2 (1590-1594)
Henry VI Part 1 (1591)
Henry VI Part 3 (1591)
Titus Andronicus (1591-1592)
Richard III (1592-1593)
The Comedy of Errors (1594)
Love's Labour's Lost (1594-1595)
Love's Labour's Won (1595-1596)
Richard II (1595)
Romeo and Juliet (1595)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
The Life and Death of King John (1596)
The Merchant of Venice (1596)
Henry IV, Part 1 (1596-1597)
Henry IV, Part 2 (1596-1597)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597-1598)
Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599)
Henry V (1598-1599)
Julius Caesar (1599)
As You Like It (1599-1600)
Hamlet (1599-1601)
Twelfth Night (1601)
Troilus and Cressida (1602)
Measure for Measure (1603-1604)

Othello (1603-1604)
King Lear (1605-1606)
Timon of Athens (1605-1606)
Macbeth (1606)
Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
All's Well That Ends Well (1606-1607)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607)
Coriolanus (1608)
The Winter's Tale (1609-1610)
Cymbeline (1610-1611)
The Tempest (1610-1611)
Cardenio (1612-1613)
Henry VIII, or All is True (1613)
The Two Noble Kinsman (1613)


Sir John Oldcastle (1600)
Sir Thomas More (1603-1604)
The London Prodigal (1604)
A Yorkshire Tragedy (1605)


Venus and Adonis (1592-1593)
The Rape of Lucrece (1594)
The Phoenix and the Turtle (1601)
The Lover's Complaint (1609)
The Passionate Pilgrim (1609)




A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Henry V (1944)
Macbeth (1948)
Hamlet (1948)
Othello (1952)
Julius Caesar (1953)

King Lear (1953)
Richard III (1955)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Chimes at Midnight (1957)
West Side Story (1961)
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Macbeth (1971)
King Lear (1971)
Strange Brew (1983)
Ran (1985)
King Lear (1987)

Henry V (1989)
Hamlet (1990)
Prospero's Books (1991)
My Own Private Idaho (1992)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
The Lion King (1994)
Richard III (1995)
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Hamlet (1996)
Twelfth Night (1996)
Titus (1999)
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Hamlet (2009)

Books on Shakespeare

Shakespeare: The World as Stage - Bill Bryson
In Search of Shakespeare - Michael Wood
Contested Will: Who Wrotes Shakespeare? - James Shapiro
Tales from Shakespeare - Charles and Mary Lamb
Shakespearean Tragedy - AC Bradley
Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare - Stephen Greenblatt
Shakespeare - Anthony Burgess
Ungentle Shakespeare - Katherine Duncan-Jones


Lee-Anne said...

Haha! Love that you included "Strange Brew"! Haven't seen that one since high school. Thanks for the flashback! Time for some Elsinore beer :)

Lee-Anne said...

PS I would also highly recommend David Tennant as Hamlet if you haven't seen it. He's such an incredible actor!

theduckthief said...

Tennant's Hamlet you're right! I actually own this dvd so shame on me for not including it. When I heard he was leaving Dr. Who for Hamlet I was not a happy bunny. But then they filmed it and it had Patrick Stewart and David Tennant! I will revise my list so thank you for reminding me.

Lee-Anne said...

I just read Ann-Marie macDonald's "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" this week - I'll be writing and psoting about it soon - and remembered your Shakespeare post. It's a delightful romp through Othello and Romeo+Juliet, with a cameo by the ghost of Yorick. It would be fun to read after reading those plays for sure!

theduckthief said...

Cool! I look forward to your review.