I'll give you a hint. They call him the Bard.
I am pleased to introduce to you my favorite classic of all time: the Complete Plays of William Shakespeare!
"But Allison!" you may respond. "That's not one classic; it's thirty-eight!"
To which I respond: "Pfffft!"
Shakespeare did everything. He wrote comic plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Comedy of Errors. He wrote tragic plays: Hamlet, Macbeth. He wrote great plays: King Lear, The Merchant of
He wrote poetry, too: some dry court stuff and some very lovely sonnets. But mainly Shakespeare wrote plays: incredibly powerful, incredibly beautiful plays that are always, always worth reading. Even... Timon of
Because for every time I yawned over a confusing monologue, another ten held me riveted. Sure, not all of his plays make sense. Sure, I may not read all of them again. But remember when Macbeth finally despaired-- "Out, out, brief candle!" (Macbeth, 5.5.23). When Shylock lost everything he held dear (The Merchant of
Here is what you should not do after reading this. You should not be so fired through with poetic fervor that you race to your local bookstore and buy the Complete Plays of William Shakespeare. Because if you buy the complete plays of William Shakespeare in one volume, the font will be size negative six. If you read thirty-eight plays of font size negative six, you will strain your eyes, and you will sue me, and I will have to pay your ophthalmologist bills.
The moral of the story: read the plays in individual volumes.
If you haven't read Shakespeare yet, then I suggest you start with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Don't read it; see it first, fall in love with it, then read it. If you've read Shakespeare before, then I can recommend my personal favorite play: King Lear. (The first servant! His duel! *sniffles*)
And so, dear readers, concludes the favorite classic books series! Keep commenting on these posts to earn entries in the favorite classic books giveaway, the winner of which will be announced on the 28th. As for me, I will celebrate by going out tomorrow to see a production of my favorite Shakespeare play: King Lear!
1. The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare.
2. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
3. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
4. Idylls of the King, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
5. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo