What are the best books by William Shakespeare?

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    #1Hamlet (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Hamlet (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)
    Hamlet (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor. Totaling 613 pages, it was first published in 1603 and reprinted by Delmar in 2005.
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    Gloria Hill
    Written on May 2, 2018
    ""Hamlet" is the always-applicable journey through the mind when one deals with the stresses of life, power and people. Not only is this book one of William Shakespeare's best, it's one of the best books of all time. Composed of impeccable prose, "Hamlet" is a must read for anyone from high school and beyond."
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    #2Tempest (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #75)

    Tempest (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #75)

    The Tempest is an adaptation of Shakespeare's novel with the same title. It was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by John Ridgway, Bryan Talbot, and Charles Vess, it is the 75th volume in the series: The Sandman: Master of Dreams.

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    Mark Stevens
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This was a great ending to a great series, but I can't recommend it to people who aren't already fans. Although having elements of Shakespeare in the comic books is prominent, one could be lost with out people familiar with the story as a whole like some of the other books. This one fills in a lot of the blanks and provides a well done ending to a great series."
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    #3Julius Caesar (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Julius Caesar (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Julius Caesar (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Daniell. Totaling 416 pages, it was first published in 1599 under ISBN-10: 1904271227 and ISBN-13: 978-1904271222.

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    Keith Richards
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A classic by the great William Shakespeare. This version is edited by Daniell and it is very good. The story is great and a must read assuming you haven't already as part of your high school education."
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    #4Othello

    Othello

    Othello by William Shakespeare is a drama novel first published in 1603. This book follows the story of two married couples, Othello and Desdemona, from mutual devotion to jealousy and death. This novel has a movie and a play adaptation.

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    Parakram Rangan
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "When someone thinks of the best books by William Shakespeare, they typically think of the ones everyone knows. The one not mentioned often, is Othello, one of his best books. At only around 3 dollars, you can pick up a paperback and get right into reading a masterpiece."
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    #5Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Hamlet is a classic fictional tragic play written by William Shakespeare. Hamlet was published on August 12, 2008 by Modern Library. Hamlet's first publication was in year 1603.

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    Eric Anderson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "What more can be said about the classic Shakespeare story of Hamlet? This play was written hundreds of years ago but the overall story still holds weight today and shows how timeless this story really is. I picked this up recently and began reading through it in one evening and it's just as enjoyable as the first time I've read it or seen it acted on stage."
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    #6Romeo And Juliet (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Romeo And Juliet (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Romeo And Juliet (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by René Weis. Totaling 350 pages, it was first published in 1597. The first edition was reprinted by The Arden Shakespeare in 2013.

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    Shirley Bradley
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you really want to dig into Shakespeare, then this story about the Romeo and Juliet play is for you. It gives you insight into things you may not have known about this famous play."
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    #7Bravo Mr. William Shakespeare!

    Bravo Mr. William Shakespeare!

    Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare! is a picture book for children by Marcia Williams. First published in 2000 by Walker Books limited, this picture book introduces children to some of the finest works from William Shakespeare.

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    Willie George
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Considering the many texts written by Shakespeare, I would not include "Bravo" to be one of them. Shakespeare is not famous for his children's books, but instead for his romantic play writes. It's also a bit deceiving, since the book was published in 2000 by Walker Books Limited. "
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    #8Hamlet

    Hamlet
    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 
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    Lorenzo Arreola
    Written on February 25, 2018
    "Shakespeare has always been a love of mine. I really like the way that he was able to tell stories in a way that the reader could really connect with the characters. One of my favorites out of all of his works has to be Hamlet. Hamlet made me feel things that I haven't felt in a long time from a work of literature."
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    #9Richard II

    Richard II
    This is the Oxford School Shakespeare Series version of the Richard II. This version is specially intended for 14 to 16 years old students because it's a fully annotated and explained to understand the background of England at the time of Shakespeare. 
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    Michael Anderson
    Written on February 25, 2018
    "This book features a more modern approach to Shakespeare's work. This is a student edition book full of annotations. This is great for early teens, but definitely not the greatest, nor original version of a Shakespeare read."
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    #10The Comedy of Errors

    The Comedy of Errors
    The comedy of the Errors is probably the hilarious play by Shakespeare about two twins separated the day they were born: Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus.
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    Cheryl Meyer
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "I mean, it's a funny play, don't get me wrong, but out of all of Shakespeare's works there's a reason it's not one of the more famous ones. Personally I'd rather hit up a rendition of Much ado about Nothing than this."
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    #11Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus
    Titus Andronicus is the first tragedy attributed to Shakespeare and the earliest Roman play by this author. Titus has led 21 of his 25 sons to the death in wars fought by the name and glory of Rome. This edition of Titus Andronicus has been fully noted for students with guides for understanding the Shakespeare's English. 
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    Christian Hoffman
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "I had to read this for school. It was surprisingly good. I thought it'd be boring, but I really loved it."
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    #12A Midsummer's Night Dream (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #19)

    A Midsummer's Night Dream (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #19)

    A Midsummer's Night Dream (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #19) is a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. First published in 1990 by DC Comics, it is the 19th issue in The Sandman Series.

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    Gerald Medina
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Great book,I really like Shakespeare,even though it is hard to understand.I like the characters and the original stories."
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    #13The Winter's Tale

    The Winter's Tale
    This is the New Cambridge Shakespeare version of Winter Tale by Shakespeare. This is one of the most theatrically self-conscious wide-ranging plays and one of the few with a happy ending on the career of the legendary English writer. 
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    Jordan Hudson
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "This book is super interesting, as most Shakespeare books are. I've read it multiple times and I highly recommend it! "
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    #14Henry V

    Henry V
    Henry V is the most famous "war play" by Shakespeare. This version includes the storied victory of the English royal troops against the Franch in the battle of Agincourt. It also contains explanations, reading guide for Shakespeare's English, among other interesting content for scholars. 
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    Mildred Miller
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "This was one of my favorite Shakespeare books in high school. I absolutely love the story, the realism, and the detail about what happened. It's great for history nerds for sure. "
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    #15Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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    Louis Cruz
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Romeo and Juliet is an absolutely timeless classic. No matter how old or young you are, you can enjoy this brilliant piece of writing and continue to pass it on to other generations. Definitely one of Shakespeare's better works."
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    #16Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra
    Antony and Cleopatra is a historical fiction book written by William Shakespeare first published in 1606. This book contains the complete text of Antony and Cleopatra. 
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    Linda Gibson
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "A true classic. The love story weaved with history makes it perfect. One of Shakespeare's finest works. "
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    #17As You Like It (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    As You Like It (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    As You Like It (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Juliet Dusinberre. Totaling pages 449, it was first published in 1599 under ISBN-10: 1904271227 and ISBN-13: 978-1904271222.

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    Abhinav Pillai
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Shakespeare can be daunting at times to comprehend and undertake, but this adaption is well suited for modern times and is a joy to read. The work comes to life brilliantly and is understandable to all ages to enjoy. A useful resource for classes and literature courses, this version lists the old and new side by side so that everything can be understood plain as day. The original story of dukes, nobility, affairs, and murders is still as engrossing as ever and all the more fascinating from the proper translations."
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    #18Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing includes two different stories of romantic love. Hero and Claudio love each other for the first time, but Don John strikes out their happiness. This version of Much Ado About Nothing is especially indicated for students and general readers. 

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    James Freeman
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "Much Ado About Nothing is a great book by William Shakespeare. The writing is amazing and it will captivate you into the story."
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    #19Othello (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Othello (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Othello (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by E.A.J. Honigmann. Totaling 442 pages, it was first published in 1603 and reprinted in 2002 under ISBN-10: 1903436338 ISBN-13: 978-1903436332.

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    Hemant Patel
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I am a historical nut. I love Shakespeare. Othello is my favorite story he has ever written. Throughout the base of the 400 years the tale still stands the test of time. It was a long one but the story kept your attention and made you want to keep reading."
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    #20Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Illustrated Stories From Shakespeare is a picture book for children by Rosie Dickins, Anna Claybourne, Lesley Sims, Conrad Mason, Louie Stowell, Christa Unzner-Fischer, Jana Costa, and Serena Riglietti.

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    Pamela Lee
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This was a wonderful way to introduce my children to Shakespeare's plays! They're easy to read, and are richly illustrated throughout the book. My kids have really enjoyed reading them."
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    #21King Richard II (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    King Richard II (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    King Richard II (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Charles R. Forker. Totaling 616 pages, it was first published in 1599 and reprinted by The Arden Shakespeare in 2002.

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    Gerald Marshall
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "If you love Shakespeare then you should read this one too. This is one of the many masterpieces he created, it is a very interesting book, it is mixd with drama, crime, fantasy and love. A must have on your library."
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    #22Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare is a picture book for children by E. Nesbit and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. First published in 2009, this book focuses on selected works of William Shakespeare.

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    Phillip Roberts
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Green Tigers illustrations take these classic tales by playwright William Shakespeare to a new level. The choice of stories is also varied and excellent. Although it is missing some of my favorite tales, I was more than satisfied with this purchase."
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    #23Twelfth Night (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Twelfth Night (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    Twelfth Night (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Keir Elam. Totaling 448 pages, it was first published in 1599 and reprinted by The Arden Shakespeare in 2008.

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    Stephen Washington
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book makes Shakespeare's Twelfth Night more palatable for most readers. The story is retold well, and the illustrations are enjoyable. It's not quite a perfect interpretation, but the best that I have found."
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    #24Shakespeare's Hamlet

    Shakespeare's Hamlet

    Shakespeare's Hamlet is a graphic novel adaptation of the William Shakespeare novel with the same title. Adapted by Nicki Greenberg, it was first published in 2010.

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    Jordan Silva
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Shakespeare sure got in on comic books early! I had no idea he coined the term graphic novel!"
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    #25King Lear (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    King Lear (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    King Lear (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by R. A. Foakes. Totaling 455 pages, it was first published in 1603 and reprinted by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1997.

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    Julie Reynolds
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I love to read books by William Shakespeare. I found King Lear (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series). This is one of my favorite tales by Shakespeare. I love the drama, the characters, and the story. Definitely check this out if you love Shakespeare."
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    #26The Merchant of Venice: The Graphic Novel

    The Merchant of Venice: The Graphic Novel

    The Merchant of Venice: The Graphic Novel is an of William Shakespeare's novel with the same title. Adapted by John F. McDonald and illustrated by Vinod Kumar, it was first published in 2011 by Campire.

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    Walter Wheeler
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "We all know Shakespeare is a great author and playwright and this book will definitely reinforce that. You'll find yourself wondering who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. The twists and turns will keep you riveted."
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    #27Romeo and Juliet (Graphic Novel)

    Romeo and Juliet (Graphic Novel)

    Romeo and Juliet (Graphic Novel) is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's novel with the same title. Adapted by Martin Powell and illustrated by Eva Cabrera, it was first published in 2011 by Coughlan Publishing.

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    Howard Tran
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Have you wondered about "THE BARD?" Of course I'm referring to William Shakespeare, almost universally regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language. But maybe you've cracked a few Penguin Classics and tried to decipher what in the heck he was talking about. Well here's a soft landing for you, Romeo and Juliet, Adapted by Martin Powell and illustrated by Eva Cabrera, is a graphic novel recounting one of The Bard's most famous plays. It's well adapted to the modern reader, and the artwork is beautifully rendered. You can really get a sense of Shakespeare's mastery by reading this graphic novel. "
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    #28The Tempest (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    The Tempest (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

    The Tempest (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Alden T. Vaughan and Virginia Mason Vaughan. Totaling 390 pages, it was first published in 1623 and reprinted by Bloomsbury Academic in 2011.

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    Larry Henry
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I give the Tempest 3 stars. It is only worth it if you are a die hard fan of Shakespeare. This one is not for the casual fan. The Tempest was nice and easy to read and the story itself as a tale as old as time."
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    #29Macbeth (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

    Macbeth (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

    Macbeth (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) is a book by William Shakespeare edited by Pamela Mason and Sandra Clark. Totaling 480 pages, it was first published in 1606 and reprinted by Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare in 2015.

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    Ann Hoffman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I honestly believe that this is Shakespeare at his best! A great read from his time of writing it in the early 1600s to now."
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    #30A Midsummer Night's Dream (Graphic Novel)

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Graphic Novel)

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Graphic Novel) is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's novel with the same title. It was adapted by Nel Yomtov and Fares Maese and illustrated by Aburtov and Bere Muniz.

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    #31Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)

    Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)
    Hamlet is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's novel with the same title. Adapted by Neil Barba, it was first published in 2008 by SparkNotes. It is the first book in the No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels Series.
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    #32The Tragedy of King Richard III

    The Tragedy of King Richard III
    Richard III is one of the most known plays by Shakespeare and has been adapted several times for TV and film. This version, in particular, is indicated for scholars thanks to the documentation and extensive textual for clarifying the original text in 16th Century English. 
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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "This classic novel is a steal at $1.99. I would love reading this classic while relaxing at my pool."

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Best What are the best books by William Shakespeare
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1Hamlet (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)Books 1 Paid
2Tempest (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #75)Books 0 Paid
3Julius Caesar (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)Books 0 Paid
4OthelloBooks 0 Paid
5HamletBooks 0 Paid
6Romeo And Juliet (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)Books 0 Paid
7Bravo Mr. William Shakespeare!Books 0 Paid
8HamletBooks 0 Paid
9Richard IIBooks 0 Paid
10The Comedy of ErrorsBooks 0 Paid
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