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Shakespeare & Language


William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The Bard of Avon was the most influential and significant playwright in the English language. His comedies, histories, and tragedies have been studied and performed both on the stage and in film. Explore and enjoy the works and world of Shakespeare here. Materials listed below and displayed as a link


Criticism and Interpretation

For most people, Shakespearean is a different language. Whether studying the plays in class or watching it on stage, these books will help explain what exactly is going on.


There is not much that is known about Shakespeare, but a lot that is speculated. These biographies cover the latest theories.

Elizabethan Life and Times

Find out more about theater life in Shakespeare's time by checking out these books:

The Comedies

All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It  The Comedy of Errors  Cymbeline  Love's Labour's Lost  Measure for Measure The Merchant of Venice  The Merry Wives of Windsor 


A Midsummer's Night Dream  Much Ado About Nothing  Pericles  The Taming of the Shrew The Tempest  Troilus and Cressida   Twelth Night  Two Gentlemen of Verona  The Winter's Tale

The Histories

Henry IV part 1  Henry IV part 2  Henry V  Henry VI parts 1, 2, and 3  Henry VIII  King John King Richard II  King Richard III

The Tragedies

 Antony and Cleopatra  Coriolanus  Hamlet  Julius Caesar  King Lear  Macbeth Othello  Romeo and Juliet  Timon of Athens  Titus Andronicus