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What are the famous books that are written by Shakespeare?no.

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joy78 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 29, 2008 at 8:05 PM via web

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What are the famous books that are written by Shakespeare?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 29, 2008 at 11:06 PM (Answer #2)

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Shakespeare was a poet and a playwright, not a novelist. To our knowledge, he never published a book. In fact, many of his plays were not published until after his death. Plays at that time were only published as pamphlets to be used for the actors to study the play. Two men from Shakespeare's acting company compiled 36 of his plays into what's know as the First Folio. If it were not for their efforts, the plays of Shakespeare would probably not be known to use today. Among Shakespeare's most famous plays are Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Taming of the Shrew--plays that still draw large audiences 400 years after they were written.

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eaglecat | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 8, 2008 at 12:19 PM (Answer #3)

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This is one of the reasons that Shakespeare is so difficult for students to read--his plays were never intended to be read. In order to truly understand Shakespeare's work, you must receive it as it was intended--visually, in person.  Of course we can gain some understanding from reading the play, but it is always best to supplement our research with a video/live presentation of the material.  That said, some of his best known plays are as follows:     Tragedies:  Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Titus Andronicus.  Comedies:  All's Well that Ends Well, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and Taming of the Shrew.   Histories:  Richard II, Richard III, King John, Henry V, Henry VII, and Henry IV. 

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jenevra | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2008 at 8:27 AM (Answer #4)

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This is one of the reasons that Shakespeare is so difficult for students to read--his plays were never intended to be read. In order to truly understand Shakespeare's work, you must receive it as it was intended--visually, in person.  Of course we can gain some understanding from reading the play, but it is always best to supplement our research with a video/live presentation of the material.  That said, some of his best known plays are as follows:     Tragedies:  Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Titus Andronicus.  Comedies:  All's Well that Ends Well, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and Taming of the Shrew.   Histories:  Richard II, Richard III, King John, Henry V, Henry VII, and Henry IV. 

this is a great reply to this question. It is really important to remind ourselves that Shakespeare was a tri-fold genius. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and histories with as much symbolism, historical relevance, and depth. The reason these plays are so widely read is because they are timeless and, through their characters, represent themes that still apply to us and our society today.

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little-alice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 1, 2010 at 7:04 AM (Answer #5)

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William Shakespear is possibly the world's most known play-wright. He wrote 36 plays, 2 long poems and some odd sonnets. Shakespear has never been known as a Novelist; Skakespear wrote his plays to be performed on a stage. Shakespear is possibly most known for Romeo And Juliet, but also for Comedy Of Errors, Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Taming Of The Shrew and many people know of his other plays.

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Alice.

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