Titles from Shakespeare

Top 20

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All's Well That
Ends Well

Antony and
Cleopatra

As You Like It

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

1 Henry IV

2 Henry IV

Henry V

1 Henry VI

2 Henry VI

3 Henry VI

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Love's Labour's
Lost

Macbeth

Measure for
Measure

Merchant of
Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

Midsummer
Night's Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

Othello

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Taming of the
Shrew

Tempest

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and
Cressida

Twelfth Night

Two Gentlemen
of Verona

Winter's Tale



The Sonnets


TITLES FROM SHAKESPEARE


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Over the years Shakespeare has proved a remarkably rich source for titles of books and plays. The accompanying lists are by by no means complete; after all, Shakespeare has been providing us with titles for four hundred years. What's more, the lists never will be complete -- not so long as writers keep turning to favorite Shakespearean phrases and images for their titles.

So I welcome additions. If you're aware of any appropriate titles that are not listed here, please let me know. Books and plays only, please; the job is big enough as it is. Act and scene references would be greatly appreciated, as I'll need to verify each entry.

No critical studies of Shakespeare have been included in these listings -- because that would be cheating. And books about specific productions of the plays have been left out for the same reason, unless a few slipped in by accident. The purpose of these lists is to offer some illustration of how widely disseminated beyond the sphere of academic scholarship Shakespeare's words have become. And to point out, once again, that Shakespeare has been so thoroughly absorbed into the English language that much of the time we don't even know we're quoting him.

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Characters from Shakespeare's plays
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