shakespeare days

5152Q3Z08MLreading all 38 plays in the order he wrote them

Challenge Start Date: July 1, 2013

Challenge Complete Date: _______________

Shakespeare: The Invention of the HumanShakespeare’s Plays

Order by Harold Bloom in
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human


  1. Henry VI, Part One
  2. Henry VI, Part Two
  3. Henry VI, Part Three
  4. Richard III
  5. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  6. The Comedy of Errors
  7. Titus Andronicus
  8. The Taming of the Shrew
  9. Love’s Labor’s Lost
  10. King John
  11. Richard II
  12. Romeo and Juliet
  13. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  14. The Merchant of Venice
  15. Henry IV, Part One
  16. The Merry Wives of Windsor
  17. Henry IV, Part Two
  18. Much Ado about Nothing
  19. Henry V
  20. Julius Caesar
  21. As You Like It
  22. Hamlet
  23. Twelfth Night
  24. Troilus and Cressida
  25. All’s Well That Ends Well
  26. Measure for Measure
  27. Othello
  28. King Lear
  29. Macbeth
  30. Antony and Cleopatra
  31. Coriolanus
  32. Timon of Athens
  33. Pericles
  34. Cymbeline
  35. The Winter’s Tale
  36. The Tempest
  37. Henry VIII
  38. The Two Noble Kinsmen

Here’s my plan

  1. read the play
  2. listen to the play
  3. watch a movie if it exists and is not terrible
  4. see a play if I can

and here are my tools:

  1. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom
  2. The Riverside Shakespeare, plus for traveling
  3. the FOLGER Shakespeare Library Editions of the individual plays, with text on the right and notes on the left
  4. The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare audio recordings (a wonderful gift request)

NOTE: Thanks to reader Carolyn O, who taught Shakespeare at BU. She let me know about the Arden edition of the individual plays and Marjorie Garber’s Shakespeare After All. More after I get my hands on these books!




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  6. Cynthia, it’s been AGEs! I’ve lost touch with so many things and people and I just hate it :-/ and it doesn’t look to change anytime soon 😦 Lots of life has been stressful, and always overwhelming, especially the past couple months starting with busting my wrist (left, not right, thank God) in July (poor care led to many more problems and months more healing time to come), topped with bacterial conjunctivitis and an ear infection that won’t clear up. Add to that Dad in the hospital mid-August, then rehab (failed) and now home with hospice but not all hope lost. Crazy stuff! BUT the good thing–the BEST thing–is I’m a grandma 🙂 My granddaughter, Charlotte is now 13+ months old and the light of my life 😀

    Since I haven’t been by, I don’t know how you’re doing, but I hope well! And what brought me here is a website I came across that made me think of you and wanted to share in case it would interest you. It’s Shakespeare-related 🙂

    Enjoy! Hugs 🙂

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  7. Donna, great to hear from you. Life is stressful over this way as well. Thanks for the heads-up on the Shakespeare website. I wish I would go back to that project. HUGE congratulations on your granddaughter. I love her name. xo


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