The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet, from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

There's so little I can say about Hamlet that hasn't been said by writers far more knowledgeable than myself, and there's a good reason for that. This is the most quoted, borrowed-from, acted play of Shakespeare's that I've come across. Hundreds of writers, actors, directors have used this play as a platform for fame or … Continue reading The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet, from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“As You Like It,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Well, I hadn't heard much about this play, though it contains a lot of familiar Shakespeare-isms and a few quotes that will ring bells. I don't think I've ever heard of a performance of this play, or any enthusiasts, though I've heard the names Orlando and Rosalind before. As You Like It is one of … Continue reading “As You Like It,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I have to say, maybe the story's so well known that it makes this play easier to understand than I thought it would be. Now I'm wondering why we never read the complete play when I was in school, though every 10th grader had to deal with it. Guess the teachers thought the parts after … Continue reading “Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Well, I'd heard this was one of Shakespeare's "lesser tragedies," and thanks to all the blood and death in the pages, I have to wonder--what was he going through when he wrote the damned thing? Titus Andronicus (long title: The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus) is about Titus, a general who … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans & the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps, by Robert H. Abzug

My Copy: 9780195042368 (image credit to abebooks.com) "We had known. The world had vaguely heard. But until now no one of us had looked on this. Even this morning we had not imagined we would look on this. It was as though we had penetrated at last to the center of the black heart, to the … Continue reading Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans & the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps, by Robert H. Abzug