William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is acknowledged as the greatest dramatist of all time. He excels in plot, poetry and wit, and his talent encompasses the great tragedies of Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth as well as the moving history plays and the comedies such as A Midsummer Night's Dream,
The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It with their magical combination of humour, ribaldry and tenderness. This volume is a reprint of the Shakespeare Head Press edition, and it presents all the plays in chronological order in which they were written. It also includes Shakespeare's Sonnets, as well as his longer poems Venus and Adonis.
"William Shakespeare: The Complete Works" brings together every one of his thirty-nine plays and his brilliant poetry. His stage work ranges wildly from harrowing tragedies to airy little puffs of comedy which are even more moving when paired with the romantically intense, complicated sonnets and narrative poems. While it takes some work to fully understand some of his work, the powerful, complicated characters and vivid writing are timeless.
The plays basically are divided into comedies, histories and tragedies. The tragedies are pretty much... tragic. The comedies are of the classical variety -- not always funny (usually, but not always) but you know they will end semi-happily. And the histories... well, dramatizations of history, mostly about British kings and the Roman empire.