My Year Of Shakespeare Shakepeare

My personal journey into the world of William Shakespeare

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

I have always been aware that there was this dude named Shakespeare and that he influenced, well, everything. It seemed like a good time to read up on him and read what he wrote.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Et Tu Brute?

Shakespeare had a major effect in colorizing our language. He introduced, or recorded in print for the first time, many words and phrases that he used for the first time or had only been spoken previously.
Here is a short list that I found here.
I'll add more to the sidebar eventually.


A fool's paradise.
A foregone conclusion.
An eye-sore.
Bated breath.
Budge an inch.
Dead as a doornail.
I have not slept a wink.
For goodness sake.
Love is blind.
Wild goose chase.
To thine own self be true.
My own flesh and blood.

Clodpole - dunce
dewlap - loose skin at the throat
bawcock - fine fellow
absey book - ABC book
flirt-gill - loose woman
hugger-mugger - secrecy
onion-eyed - weepy

Feel free to add your own via comments.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Mergers and Aquisitions

Now here's an interesting bit...Isaac Asimov published close to 500 books in his life. That would mean he averaged 7 books a year or so, and would have published 7 books by the time he was 1 year old. OK, maybe he started a little later and that makes the averages even higher! I just acquired Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare and I find that his grouping of Shakespeare's plays into Greek, Roman, Italian, and English is much to my liking. My wife has already suggested that I read the Kings all in order so this will fit nicely with that suggestion. I'm still slightly undecided, but leaning in that direction. First I must finish that pesky 1599 and at least start Shakespeare, The Biography by Peter Ackroyd having aquired this one along with Asimov. Along with the 2 or 3 complete collections of plays that I have, I'm just about set to merge the plays into a coherent (for me)order and begin this madness, gentle madness.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

New Chronology Of Shakespeare Plays Discovered!!!

Now wouldn't that be nice? Seriously, I am trying to find the best order to read the complete works. I have my suspicions that it won't be easy since the First Folio wasn't published until 1623, many years after Shakespeare's death. And, get this, the idiots (or actors if you will) John Heminges and Henry Condell who actually put the folio together, actually acted in the plays and so should have known better, grouped them into the currently accepted comedies, tragedies, and histories. Not, I might add, the correct chronological order that they were written and performed in. Here's the rub, I'm asking you for some suggestions on the order to read the plays in. I am leaning towards the accepted (by me) chronological order that I found here. But, if I choose one that gets suggested here, in the comments, I will award the nice commenter/suggester with a copy of A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare 1599, the very same edition that started me on my venture. Now I am off to finish the book so I can start on more prereading.