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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. First published in 1600, it is likely to have been first performed in the autumn or winter of 1598-1599, and it remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and exhilarating plays on stage. Stylistically, it shares numerous characteristics with modern romantic comedies including the two pairs of lovers, in this case the romantic leads, Claudio and Hero, and their comic counterparts, Benedick and Beatrice.



The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. It was one of his earlier plays, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1594. The play begins with a framing device in which a drunkard is deceived into thinking he is a nobleman who then watches the “play” itself, which depicts a nobleman, Petruchio, who marries an outspoken, intelligent, and bad-tempered shrew named Katherina. Petruchio manipulates and “tames” her until she is obedient to his will. The main subplot features the courting of Katherina’s more conventional sister Bianca by numerous suitors.



Rumi: 365 Profound Quotes from the Poet of Universal Love

by Nico Neruda

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.”
 

~ Rumi

This book is a categorized collection of profound quotes by the legendary Persian poet Rumi. His verses speak to the human experience from a universal perspective, transcending all religions and cultural boundaries. They are as relevant today as when he wrote them 800 years ago, as evidenced by Rumi’s phenomenal worldwide popularity.

  • Quotes categorized into wide variety of subjects (inspirational and uplifting, beautiful and profound, short and pithy, wise and enlightening, love, god and religion, etc. for daily reading
  • Convenient and easy navigation
  • Perfect gift for wisdom lovers
  • TIP: Take time to ponder and read at a leisurely pace. Slow down and enjoy the profundity.

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”

 ~ Rumi



Pericles, Prince of Tyre

by William Shakespeare

Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a play written (at least in part) by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected works despite some questions over its authorship, as it was not included in the First Folio. Many modern editors believe that Shakespeare is responsible for the main portion of the play after scene 9 that follows the story of Pericles and Marina, and that the first two acts, detailing the many voyages of Pericles, were written by a relatively untalented reviser or collaborator, possibly George Wilkins.



Debacle

by Ifeanyi Esimai

Desperate for a job, a naive new university graduate journeys to the big city in search of employment and finds herself in a situation where her core beliefs are put to the test. She soon learns that the cowl does not make the monk, and serendipity could be a double-edged sword.



The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare from early in his career. It has the smallest cast of any of Shakespeare’s plays, and is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy. It deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity. The highlight of the play is considered by some to be Launce, the clownish servant of Proteus, and his dog Crab, to whom “the most scene-stealing non-speaking role in the canon” has been attributed.



Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, based on the short story “Of Apolonius and Silla” by Barnabe Rich. It is named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It was written around 1601 and first published in the First Folio in 1623. The main title is believed to be an afterthought, created after John Marston premiered a play titled What You Will during the course of the writing.



Timon d’athènes. (French Edition)

by William Shakespeare

Timon est un noble de d’Athènes, très (trop) généreux avec ses amis qu’il invite régulièrement à des festins somptueux, auxquels il offre des cadeaux hors de prix, à tel point qu’il se retrouve un jour sur la paille et ne peut plus payer ses créanciers. Sûr de la qualité de l’amitié, il se tourne vers ceux à qui il fait moultes cadeaux pour leur demander de l’aide. Ceux-ci trouvent mille excuses pour ne pas aider Timon qui sombre dans la colère envers Athènes et ses nobles, s’exile dans les bois, et maudit la ville et ses habitants hypocrites et avilis par l’appât de l’or. De son côté, Alcibiade, général athénien, se voit refuser l’aide du Sénat, quitte la ville avec son armée pour mieux l’assiéger ensuite. Il essaie d’obtenir le soutien de Timon exilé qui le maudit aussi et fait finalement la paix avec les sénateurs. Timon meurt seul dans les bois laissant pour épitaphe une dernière malédiction pour qui la lira.



Henry IV, Part 2

by William Shakespeare

Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V.



Henry IV, Part 1

by William Shakespeare

Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597. It is the second of Shakespeare’s tetralogy that deals with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV (2 plays), and Henry V. Henry IV, Part 1 depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur’s battle at Homildon against the Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403. From the start it has been an extremely popular play both with the public and the critics.



Henry VI (Complete Plays)

by William Shakespeare

The First Part of King Henry the Sixth is history play by William Shakespeare, believed written in approximately 1588-1590. It is the first in the cycle of four plays often referred to as “The First Tetralogy”.

The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth, or Henry VI, Part 2, is a history play by William Shakespeare believed written in approximately 1590-91. It is the second part of the trilogy on Henry VI, and often grouped together with Richard III as a tetralogy on The Wars of the Rosesâ??the success of which established Shakespeare’s reputation as a playwright.

Henry the Sixth, Part 3, is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written in approximately 1590, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. It prepares the ground for one of his best-known and most controversial plays: the tragedy of King Richard III (Richard III of England). It continues the action from Henry VI, Part 1 and Henry VI, Part 2, though they may not have been written in that order.



Titus Andronicus

by William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and 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 has only recently begun to revive its fortunes.



Richard III

by William Shakespeare

Richard III is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1591. The play is an unflattering depiction of the short reign of Richard III of England. While generally classified as a history, as grouped in the First Folio, the play is sometimes called a tragedy (as in the first quarto). It picks up the story from Henry VI, Part 3 and concludes the historical series that stretches back to Richard II.



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