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William Shakespeare

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Most recent post: [ 20th Century Fiction ]
1st post in this series: [ Classics of Ancient History ]

Yesterday marked the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare!  We honor the occasion by offering a number of our favorite works of his!

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE COMPLETE WORKS! ]

   (for Kindle/ Nook / Other eReader, via Project Gutenberg)

If you prefer the 1-click convenience of loading it onto
your Kindle through Amazon,
you can get a good copy for $1.99.


If you don’t want to overload your device with the complete works, then here are some of our favorite individual works:

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Forging Communities of Virtue

A review of
The Amish Project.
A Play By Jessica Dickey.


Reviewed by
Chris Smith.

The Amish Project.
A Play By Jessica Dickey.
Paperback: Samuel French, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

[ Watch an interview with the playwright about this play… ]

The Amish Project - Jessica DickeyI was born with a little bit of Amish blood in my ancestry and over the years, I have been fortunate to have had interactions with Amish communities in five different states. Although I have some significant theological differences with the Amish, I deeply respect their communities and think that modern Western culture can learn much from their way of life.  I was intrigued therefore to hear that Jessica Dickey had penned a new play – her debut as a playwright – that reflects on Amish culture and specifically the tragedy of the Nickel Mines shooting.  We typically don’t review plays here in The Englewood Review of Books, as plays are best reviewed in their performance, not simply in the reading of the text, but I did want to draw attention to this new work, The Amish Project.  Dickey’s play, a one-woman show that debuted off-Broadway in New York at the Rattlestick Theatre with Dickey herself in the acting role, offers a poignant exploration of the Nickel Mines shooting – through the eyes and ears of a cast of seven fictional characters.  Dickey’s writing has rich, poetic qualities throughout, spare and exquisite *. Continue Reading…