12 Best Shakespeare Works & Criticism

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Shakespeare Works & Criticism in 2020


The Complete Works of Shakespeare

The Complete Works of Shakespeare
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 2nd Edition

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 2nd Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Oxford University Press USA

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Knickerbocker Classics)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Knickerbocker Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Race Point Publishing

The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works

The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Oakshot Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated, Inline Footnotes) (Classics Book 4)

Oakshot Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated, Inline Footnotes) (Classics Book 4)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]: Actor's Edition

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]: Actor's Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] Applause Books Softcover by Jess Winfield
  • To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed around the world
  • The cultural touchstone that is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987
  • It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London's second-longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is one of the world's most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into several dozen languages

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

The Complete Works of Shakespeare
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works Annotated

The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works Annotated
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • In this volum the Plays are arranged in the chronological order of their composition. Naturally, no claim to finality is made in a subject so beset with difficulties
  • but the sequence may not be taken as fairly representing the general results of recent research.
  • The time-honored division into Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, dating from the First Folio and since universally followed, has been abandoned, in the belief that there were room and need for an edition that should enable readers to approach the body of the plays, not as a static monument of achievement, but as a vital and growing organism revealing the evolution of the poet's personality and genius.

Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare

Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Pop-up Shakespeare: Every Play and Poem in Pop-up 3-D

Pop-up Shakespeare: Every Play and Poem in Pop-up 3-D
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

The Main Plot of Julius Caesar

This article describes the main characters and tells the plot and story line of the book by William Shakespeare entitled "Julius Caesar".

The main characters in Julius Caesar are Julius Caesar himself, the conspirators, and Mark Antony and his friends. First of all, Julius Caesar was a new ruler that was taking over Rome, and most of the country was going fanatical over him. Also, there were many statues of him set up throughout the entire city of Rome and surrounding area. Next, there are the conspirators, namely, Marcus Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Trebonius, Ligarius, Decius Brutus, Metellus Cimber, and Cinna. Marcus Brutus was the ringleader of the conspirators, and he had a wife named Portia. Last of all, there was Marcus Antony, who was a good friend of Julius Caesar right from the beginning, and was never convinced to go hostile with him at his murder.

Julius Caesar starts right off with two men that are against Julius Caesar, and as their resolution to go and take the wreaths off all the statues of Caesar results in their death, the war begins! Marcus Brutus and his cronies have only a few meetings in deciding that the verdict for Julius Caesar will be death. Meanwhile a soothsayer is trying, unheeded, to warn the noble Julius Caesar of the ides of March, which was when Caesar was to have, as it were, his coronation. Then it happens. On the ides of March, as Caesar is treading the ground of Rome, First Casca and then the other conspirators jump on him and repeatedly stab him! Finally, as Brutus himself reaches out and sinks his dagger deep into Julius Caesar, Caesar says, "Et tu, Brute?-Then fall Caesar" (that is to say, "And you, Brutus?"). Then the powerful Caesar himself falls to the ground as dead as dodo (an extinct heavy flightless bird). Following Caesar's murder, a good friend of Caesar, Marcus Antony, is given permission by the conspirators to speak at the funeral. However, at the funeral, tragedy occurs. After a speech of explanation from Brutus, Antony gives a touching speech about Caesar's life. He frequently speaks of instances such as when Caesar gave money to the poor of Rome, and then says, "But Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is a noble man." Eventually, the people have had enough, and a riot starts, and Brutus and Cassius are seen fleeing the Rome. Then, Brutus, after seeing Caesar's ghost multiple times and being warned of danger, the main conspirators war with the crowd and Antony. Finally, when Brutus realizes that he will be taken, he, after Cassius, falls on his own sword, having resolved not to be taken alive. Thus ends Julius Caesar with a bloody ending of the main characters slaughtering themselves on the very swords that previously killed the great Julius Caesar.

I think that one of the practical things that can be learned from Julius Caesar is that rebels against authorities never prosper. Also, it subtly shows the wrong of arguing oneself into doing something that they know initially is a palpable sin.

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