9 Shakespeare Books You Should Read in Your Life

Posted on 15 June 2017

 We all know that all of William Shakespeare’s plays are, but some have gained more attention than others. These include the 10 plays in this post that you should read at least once in your lifetime. 



* Romeo and Juliet

Best known for its most famous‘ balcony’ scene where Juliet appears at a window, this play was written during the mid-1590s.  It has captured the attention of many on a worldwide basis as imaginations run wild during this classic story of two young people in love.


* Macbeth

Macbeth, which is based on the lives of a real king and queen based in Scotland. Sur-named Mac Bethad, Mac Findlaích and Gruoch, this play was created right after the popular Gunpowder Plot that took place in November of 1605. It was about a Catholic conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament located in London.  Macbeth was later known for causing a riot in New York in 1849 after the falling out of two rival actors.



* A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Considered an exceptionally loved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes audiences on a journey of true love and the bumpy road associated with it.  It’s an inspiring and enchanting story of fairies and magic. 



* Hamlet

 Known as one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, Hamlet was a turning point in his playwriting career. Created somewhere between 1600-1601, Hamlet has been translated into The Klingon Hamlet, also known as The Tragedy of Khamlet, Son of the Emperor of Qo’noS, which was written collaboratively by Nick Nicholas and Andrew Strader.  This effort was took place on behalf of the ‘Klingon Shakespeare Restoration Project’ and would make a great read.



* Richard III

 There has always been a large amount of interest in Richard III, which intensified after the recent findings of the real King Richard III’s remains, which were found under a Leicester car park


* Othello

In Othello, Shakespeare dispels the well -known tragedy about jealousy (which was referred to as ‘the green-eyed monster’ in the play) and its dangerous repercussions.


* The Tempest

Mostly known as Shakespeare’s last goodbye to the stage of London, the performance of The Tempest initially took place in 1611.  It was the last play that Shakespeare wrote himself before collaborating with others.


* Henry IV

Henry IV has to be one of Shakespeare's most highly praised historic plays ever written. With its most highly memorable scene being the Boar’s Head tavern, this play also makes a great read.


* Henry V

Known for the infamous St Crispin Day speech by King Henry V before the war, the inspiration caused his troops to perk up and surprisingly win the English and French war.



* Twelfth Night

Back in 1602 the Twelfth Night was initially performed in February or around the end of the Christmas Festival referred to as Candlemas. This play focuses on twins Sebastian and Viola who are separated during a shipwreck and the identity bender that ensues.


Whichever one of these great novels you decide to indulge in, you'll be in very good company as they have all been read by many.



Author Bio:


Nikhil Charan is a book lover and a content marketer who writes articles for Vasan's Book Stall, an online book store that sells English Language, Literature books, and University books at affordable prices. needs of both the teachers' & students' communities in Tamilnadu

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