Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Love, death, the muse, the tangled web of attraction, and friendship are probably the most basic subjects covered in Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the most famous ones is the one numbered 18 in this collection, staring with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Most of the time I think that's the only one … Continue reading Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

My Copy: 9780880298995 (image from abebooks.com) This is one of those books I've seen pop up on "best books" lists since I was a little kid. Amazingly enough, I've never read it until now...though the book's been on my shelf for so damned long I'm surprised the glue hasn't let the pages go yet. Then again, … Continue reading The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane