Classics Club Event: Shakespeare in January

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All right, clubbers! Today starts our Twelve Months of Classic Literature Event with William Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

This month we encourage you to read Shakespeare’s play(s) and/or poems, read books about Shakespeare, or read works by and about his contemporaries (Christopher Marlowe, Ben Johnson, Edmund Spenser, Queen Elizabeth I, etc.)

Ideas for works on this month’s topic here, here, and here.

This Shakespeare Event is for the current month, but honestly, you can contribute thoughts and post links to the comments below whenever you write them. The purpose of this event is to have a central place to share our viewpoints on the topic.

We want to know what you read and what you think about this topic, but we don’t want to research for you. We’re excited to see how this club shapes this month’s topic. We’re a great mix of experts and new readers. We want to encourage you all to share and explore. Use the links above to get started.

Even if you don’t have time to read for the event this month, you could post about the titles you have on your club list that pertain to this month’s topic, write an informative post for fellow clubbers on the topic, or talk about why you didn’t include any titles from the topic on your club list. Feature an author! Write a poem! Explore classic art that accentuates the literature. It’s your event. Research-based posts, free-writing, emotion-based “I love this topic” journal entries, lists – all are welcome and encouraged. Some of you may be experts (or experts in progress) on this month’s topic. Your input is highly encouraged and appreciated! Others are new to literature. For you and the experts, exploration is encouraged.

Please see our main event page for details. 

So, are you in? What will you be reading/writing? 🙂

Cheers, and a very happy reading and writing month to you! – The Club

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25 thoughts on “Classics Club Event: Shakespeare in January

    1. I just read Richard III and loved it. He just kept outdoing himself with his evilness.Just when I thought he couldn’t get any worse, he’d surprise me.


  1. I’m reading Neil MacGregor’s book: Shakespeare’s Restless World, bringing the Elizabethan world to life by examining a number of physical objects, I’m also planning to read A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro.


  2. This is great and fits in with my year with the Bard–reading all of Shakespeare’s works this year. On my list for January: Measure for Measure, The Tempest and Richard II. I’ll be reading Measure for Measure for the classic read-a-thon this weekend:-)


  3. I have been absent from the Classics Club recently, and I do need to re-write my list. This sounds interesting as I have been dying to read some of Queen Elizabeth I’s poetry and speeches again.


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