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Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Shakespeare courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (2019)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionThe Shakespeare Book brings the work of William Shakespeare to life with full-color photography, images, idea webs, timelines, and quotes that help you understand the context of Shakespeare’s plays and poems.From Shakespeare’s most-famous plays, such as Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, to less-frequently performed works such as King John and Henry VIII, every play of the Shakespearean canon is collected in this comprehensive guide, along with his major poems and best-loved sonnets.In The Shak…
Author(s): DK

The Merchant of Venice (Dramascripts Classic Texts) (1992)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionSeries: Dramascripts Classic Texts Paperback: 64 pages Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd (December 1992) Language: English ISBN-10: 0174323786 ISBN-13: 978-0174323785 Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Author(s): William Shakespeare

Hamlet, (Shakespeare workshop editions) (1969)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionSeries: Shakespeare workshop editions Paperback: 109 pages Publisher: Ginn (1969) Language: English ISBN-10: 0602210534 ISBN-13: 978-0602210533 Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 955 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,989,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5534 in Genre Films #10897 in Drama Literary Author(s): William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet (The New Cambridge Shakespeare) (1984)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionAn international team of scholars offers: • modernised, easily accessible texts • ample but unobtrusive academic guidance • attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history • informative illustations, including reconstructions of early performances
Author(s): William Shakespeare, G. Blakemore Evans

Othello (1980)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionPaperback Publisher: Pendulum Pr (September 1, 1980) Language: English ISBN-10: 0883016419 ISBN-13: 978-0883016411 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 8 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 405 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,728,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #24209 in British & Irish Dramas & Plays #348567 in Teen & Young Adult Books #2199085 in Textbooks Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Author(s): William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Requirement: A Novel (2019)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune keep hitting beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger right between the eyes in this hilarious and eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic of anhedonic academe, the Thurber Prize-winning Dear Committee Members. Once more into the breachNow is the fall of his discontent, as Jason Fitger, newly appointed chair of the English Department of Payne University, takes arms against a sea of troubles, personal and institutional.
Author(s): Julie Schumacher

The Sonnets (Shakespeare, Pelican) (1963)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionIn addition to the Shakespearean sonnets, notes on their structure and text are included
Author(s): William Shakespeare, Douglas Bush

Twelfth Night, or What You Will (The Folger Library) (1983)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a Folger, which is the best in our opinions as English teachers
Author(s): William Shakespeare, Louis B. Wright, et al.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Side by Side (2003)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionIntroduce students at any level to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Prestwick House Side by Sides edition, a comprehensive student edition that presents the original play in its entirety on the left-hand page and a modernized rendition on the right.Shakespeare can be tough for students to read, so the modernized version presented in this Side by Sides edition helps students comprehend the action of the play.
Author(s): William Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Wordsworth Special Editions) (1997)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616) is acknowledged as the greatest dramatist of all time. He excels in plot, poetry and wit, and his talent encompasses the great tragedies of Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth as well as the moving history plays and the comedies such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It with their magical combination of humour, ribaldry and tenderness.
Author(s): William Shakespeare

Thinking Shakespeare (Revised Edition): A working guide for actors, directors, students…and anyone else interested in the Bard (2018)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionThinking Shakespeare gives theater artists practical advice about how to make Shakespeare’s words feel spontaneous, passionate, and real.
Author(s): Barry Edelstein

Big Ideas: The Little Book of Shakespeare (2018)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your AttentionTake the Bard to the beach! This compact guide brings Shakespeare’s plays and poems to life with infographics and plot explanations.
Author(s): DK

Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare) (2003)

 Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your Attention  Don’t be intimidated by Shakespeare! These popular guides make the Bard’s plays accessible and enjoyable.Each No Fear guide contains:
Author(s): William Shakespeare

Best Shakespeare Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some shakespeare books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Shakespeare and Language

Author(s): Catherine M. S. Alexander
ID: 426984, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 3004, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Shakespeare and Game of Thrones

Author(s): Jeffrey R. Wilson
ID: 2835951, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us about Our Past and Future

Author(s): James Shapiro
ID: 2838823, Publisher: Penguin Books, Year: 2021, Size: 14 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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