(1564 - 1616)
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.
He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”
His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain.
His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
The Comedies (1958)
The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and we have just covered the T’s. The greatest master of English in his most appealing work.
Eight illustrations to The Tempest. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
A suite of plates to accompany the play. Read for free online at the University of Wisconsin.
Five Plays from Shakespeare (1964)
Abridged versions for performance by young people, including The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Tragedy of Macbeth, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Humanized flowers to illustrate Shakespearean lines. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Hey Nonny Yes (1947)
Selections from the Bard, illustrated by Ardizzone.
Junior Classics Volume 5 (1912)
Selections from older classics that have been appropriated by children such as Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels and Pilgrim’s Progress for children from six to sixteen. Read for free online at HathiTrust.
The Kingsway Shakespeare (1927)
This one-volume edition of the plays and poems includes fourteen illustrations, two by Rackham.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1894)
A collection of eight drawings for the Shakespeare comedy featuring the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff.
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream (1908)
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream (1939)
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream (1977)
Calligraphy by Graily Hewitt accompanies the Rackham illustrations.
The Story of the Tempest (1904)
The Tempest (1926)
“Full fathom five, thy father lies,
His bones are coral made …”