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William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars This early Shakespearean comedy, dating from the 1590s, is paradoxically slight but weighty, thin but dense. That’s no … Continue reading

25 January 2019 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Hamlet by William Shakespeare My rating: 5 of 5 stars Why is this bizarre, disorderly, long, and poorly transmitted tragedy from the turn of the seventeenth century the central work … Continue reading

23 February 2018 · 4 Comments

William Shakespeare, King Lear

King Lear by William Shakespeare My rating: 5 of 5 stars What is King Lear about? “[T]he fierce dispute, / Betwixt damnation and impassion’d clay,” wrote Keats, but both terms … Continue reading

18 February 2017 · 1 Comment

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville My rating: 5 of 5 stars [Note: all quotations from essays, letters, and reviews below come from documents included in this Norton Critical Edition.] In his … Continue reading

11 December 2016 · 5 Comments

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley My rating: 2 of 5 stars Don’t ask me why I didn’t read Brave New World when I was sixteen the way everybody else … Continue reading

7 October 2016 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV

Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars A strange play, even disturbing. The first part was a crowd-pleaser, full of action, comedy, and strongly … Continue reading

6 July 2015 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV

Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the excerpt from The Plays of William Shakespeare collected in this volume, Dr. Johnson asserts that, … Continue reading

25 June 2015 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare, Richard II

Richard II by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars It seems that most Shakespeare plays trail famous commentary from luminaries of British letters, usually Johnson or Hazlitt or … Continue reading

9 June 2015 · 2 Comments