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Twelfth Night or What You Will

By: William Shakespeare

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As You Like It the Pennsylvania State University's Electronic Clas...

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: ORLANDO. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns, and, as thou sayest, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home unkept; for call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not f...

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Two Noble Kinsmen

By: Shakespeare

Description: The Two Noble Kinsmen is a Jacobean tragicomedy, first published in 1634 and attributed to John Fletcher and William Shakespeare. Its plot derives from The Knight's Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which had already been dramatised by Richard Edwardes. Formerly a point of controversy, the dual attribution is now generally accepted by the scholarly consensus. A prologue informs the audience that the play is based on a story from Chaucer. Three...

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Much Ado About Nothing

By: William Shakespeare

Written around the middle of his career, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's great festive comedies. The men are back from the war, and everyone is ready for romance. The dashing young Claudio falls for Hero, the daughter of Leonato, governor of Messina, and his friend Don Pedro helps him secure her affection. These youthful lovers are contrasted with the more experienced (and more cynical) Benedick and Beatrice, who have to be tricked into falling in love. Do...

Comedy

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

By: William Shakespeare

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The Comedy of Errors

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: AEGEON. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall And by the doom of death end woes and all. DUKE SOLINUS: Merchant of Syracuse, plead no more; I am not partial to infringe our laws: The enmity and discord which of late Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen, Who wanting guilders to redeem their lives Have seal?d his rigorous statutes with their bloods, Excludes all pity from our threatening looks. For, since the mort...

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: ACT I. SCENE I. Windsor. Before PAGE?s house. [Enter SHALLOW, SLENDER, and SIR HUGH EVANS.] SHALLOW: Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire. SLENDER: In the county of Gloucester, justice of peace and ?Coram.? SHALLOW: Ay, cousin Slender, and ?Custalorum. SLENDER: Ay, and ?Rato-lorum? too; and a gentleman born, master parson; who writes himself ?Armigero,...

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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

By: William Shakespeare

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King John

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: ACT I. SCENE I. KING JOHN?S palace. [Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON.] KING JOHN: Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us? CHATILLON: Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France In my behavior to the majesty, The borrow?d majesty, of England here. QUEEN ELINOR: A strange beginning: ?borrow?d majesty!? KING JOHN: Silence, good mother; hear the embassy. CHATILLON: Philip of France, in right and true ...

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All's Well, That Ends Well

By: William Shakespeare

Project Gutenberg Etext of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare This file should be named 2ws3510.txt or 2ws3510.zip Corrected EDITIONS of our etexts get a new NUMBER, 2ws3511.txt VERSIONS based on separate sources get new LETTER, 2ws3510a.txt This etext was prepared by the PG Shakespeare Team, a team of about twenty Project Gutenberg volunteers. Project Gutenberg Etexts are usually created from multiple editions, all of which are in the Public Domain in the United States...

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The History of Troilus and Cressida

By: William Shakespeare

Dramatis Personae: PRIAM, King of Troy His sons: HECTOR TROILUS PARIS DEIPHOBUS HELENUS MARGARELON, a bastard son of Priam Trojan commanders: AENEAS ANTENOR

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare : With a Life of the Poe...

By: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Hudson, Henry Norman, 1814-1886

v. 1. Life, etc. Comedy of errors. Two gentlemen of Verona.--v. 2. Love's labours lost. Taming of the shrew.--v. 3. A midsummer-nights dream. Merchant of Venice.--v. 4. All's well that ends well. Much ado about nothing.-- v. 5. As you like it. Twelfth night.--v. 6. Merry wives of Windsor. Measure for measure.--v. 7. The tempest. The winter's tale.--v. 8. Henry VI, pt. 1-2.--v. 9. Henry VI, pt. 3. Richard III.--v. 10. King John. Richard II.--v. 11. Henry IV, pt. 1-2.--v. ...

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The Sonnets of William Shakespeare : The Reader's Library

By: William Shakespeare; Neil Azevedo, Editor

A new edition of the sonnets of William Shakespeare complete and unabridged. ISBN: 978-1-932023-43-5. https://www.facebook.com/williamralpheditions

138: When My Love Swears That She Is Made of Truth When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies, That she might think me some untutored youth, Unlearned in the world’s false subtleties. Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, Although she knows my days are past the best, Simply I credit her false speaking tongue: On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed. But wherefore says she not she is unjust? And where...

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Hamlet

By: William Shakespeare

Hamlet is commonly regarded as one of the greatest plays ever written. Drawing on Danish chronicles and the Elizabethan vogue for revenge tragedy, Shakespeare created a play that is at once a philosophic treatise, a family drama, and a supernatural thriller. In the wake of his father's death, Prince Hamlet finds that his Uncle Claudius has swiftly taken the throne and married his mother, Queen Gertrude. The ghost of the dead king then appears and charges Claudius with 'm...

Tragedy

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King Lear (version 2)

By: William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The title character descends into madness after foolishly disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king. It has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, and the role of Lear has been coveted and played by many of the world's most acco...

Play

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Tempest, The

By: William Shakespeare

Play

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King Henry IV, Part 1

By: William Shakespeare

King Henry IV, Part 1 is the second of Shakespeare’s eight Wars of the Roses history plays, with events following those of King Richard II . As the play opens, King Henry IV (formerly Henry Bolingbroke) and Henry Percy (Hotspur) argue over the disposition of prisoners from the Battle of Holmedon. The King’s attitude toward Mortimer and the Percy family prompts them to plot rebellion. In the meantime, his son Prince Hal is living the low life in the company of Sir John Fa...

Historical Fiction, Play

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Tragedy of Macbeth, The

By: William Shakespeare

Murder and madness, witches and war: presents a recording of Macbeth , perhaps Shakespeare's best known tragedy. Macbeth, a general in King Duncan's army, is given a prophecy by a trio of witches: he himself will become king. Fired by ambition and goaded by his ruthless wife, he murders Duncan and assumes the throne. More killings follow as Macbeth attempts to retain his crown, until he discovers that prophecies are not always what they seem. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

Tragedy

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Othello

By: William Shakespeare

Othello is the story of a cross-cultural romance between the title character, a noble moor who is a general in the Venetian army, and Desdemona, a beautiful and virtuous Venetian lady. The newly-married couple fall prey to the machinations of Iago, Othello's jealous ensign, who plots to destroy their union. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Play, Tragedy

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Titus Andronicus

By: William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare's earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written in the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. The play is by far Shakespeare's bloodiest work. It lost popularity during the Victorian era because of its gore, and it has only recently seen its fortunes revive.

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