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Read the complete works of Shakespeare


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I’m going to start an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre next year, and so although I know the bard pretty well I definitely need to get cracking on his entire catalogue! 12 months ago


well, haven’t worked on this goal at all and I think that it is high time that I revisited it. Just need to find my copy of the complete works of Shakespeare unless I could maybe put them on my kindle. I can’t wait. I am really excited to delve back into the theatre world and this could be really fun. 17 months ago


bought the complete works of Shakespeare at a used book store for $3.50! bargin. 23 months ago


Up next Comedy of Errors 2 years ago


About to start a Shakespeare module for my final year of university. However, the university is utter shit so I’m going to be autonomous and learn much of it on own. I’m starting in October so I will, hopefully, have at least some of it read by then, or the plays immediately relevant to the course.

I have other things to learn as well, my own goals, but I’m trying to keep much of it in line with literature. So, a good knowledge of literary terminology, theory, philosophy of logic, etc. 3 years ago

Working_On_ItBook Nerd

Asked for the complete works of Shakespeare for My 16th birthday and had it read by age 20 (I’d put it aside for some lighter reading)

Still pick it up from time to time but I like knowing I’ve read it all. 3 years ago


I have loved Shakespeare from a very young age, which I hear is a bit of an anomaly! I was eight the first time I read Romeo&Juliet (yes, I finished the whole thing, no I did not understand even half of it!), and I was one of the few in high school to really look forward to the Shakespearean play we did every semester.

So this is a goal that I am really looking forward to completing.

My friend recommended the site and I found a list of what is purported to be the complete works of the Bard. Here is the list:

Antony and Cleopatra
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus

King Henry IV Part 1
King Henry IV Part 2
King Henry V
King Henry VI Part I
King Henry VI Part 2
King Henry VI Part 3
King Henry VIII
King John
Richard II
Richard III

All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter’s Tale

A Lover’s Complaint
The Sonnets (1-152)
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis

If any one knows of any others that are, for some odd reason, missing, please let me know! I will cross each one off as I finish it. 3 years ago

mandarcat3 down

I’ve finished Henry VI Part One, Henry VI Part Two, and Henry VI Part Three. Now I’m on Richard III, which is probably my favorite of the plays I’ve already read. 4 years ago

AsariThe Merchant of Venice

I had only ever read bits and pieces of this one but I just auditioned for it on tuesday so I thought i better read it first. Now I just have to wait to see if I made. Hopefully i will know soon 4 years ago

mandarcatOne down!

I finally got around to finishing Henry VI, part one last night. So that’s one play down, and I think 37 to go? I can see why people say this play is probably the worst and not written entirely by Shakespeare. I’m reading them chronologically, so at it can only get better from here! 4 years ago

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