Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 1999 :: January ::
Order of plays?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0109  Wednesday, 20 January 1999.

From:           Hardy Cook <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 10:20:05 -0500
Subject:        Order of plays?

Larry Weiss was absolutely correct in his assumption that

>Since the moderator of this List usually does not pass along posts from
>students seeking help, he must have found something special in your
>message, such as a well-written expression of a sincere desire to teach
>yourself.

I also received a private message a few weeks ago that I have just not
had time to answer, so in light of the responses to the previous sincere
question, let me offer this posting for consideration by the members of
SHAKSPER.

From:           Theresa Ramseyer <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Friday, 01 Jan 1999 20:45:52 -0500
Subject:        Order of plays?

Hello Mr. Cook - and Happy New Year to you too!

I really enjoy this list.  Last Sunday's post by Marilyn Bonomi started
me thinking.  I have always liked Shakespeare, but aside from Romeo &
Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and the odd sonnet or two, had never really
covered him.  Then I got a hold of Cornelius Hirschberg's great book The
Priceless Gift, which, among other things,  convinced me to go through
all of the plays.  He suggested this order, for a start: Romeo & Juliet,
Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Antony & Cleopatra, Midsummer
Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, King John, Richard II,
Henry IV - 2 parts, Henry V, Henry VI - 3 parts, Richard III, and Henry
VIII.

I try to read the play every night for a week at first, then go through
it with the dictionary and/or a very abridged version of Samuel
Johnson's English Dictionary.  Then I read through it with the Companion
Cliff notes, and whatever books I can buy or find in the college
library.  Takes time, but it's worth it!

I treated the first 3 plays this way, without problems.  Now I'm into
unfamiliar territory.  My biggest problem is that I miss the interaction
between teacher & student &/or classmates.  For example,  I have never
had a fiery, jealous love like Othello's.  I have no one to say, for
example, "That sounds like my friend and her boyfriend.  He was so
jealous when she looked at another guy, he...."  I have no one to help
me translate some of the plays to my own life, or to point out the
points I'm missing.

I know I can ask questions on this list, but mine seem so simple, I hate
to post them [content, why did they do that, etc.].  Also, most of the
time everybody's discussing a play I'm not even on yet!   [I'm really
kind of shy, and prefer my books, music, and computer to plenty of the
things that many other people enjoy.]

I really need three things: 1) If you were advising me, what plays would
you suggest I read, and in what order; 2) someone to take me under their
wing & work with me on whatever play I'm on [which is King Lear at the
moment], and 3) everybody's patience when I post simple questions! [No
question is stupid, if you really want to know].

I realize number 2 would be really difficult - I come from a line of
teachers & know how busy you all are -  but I really appreciate your
help when you find a question from me in your mailbox!

Thanks - and Happy New Year!
Theresa Ramseyer
 

Other Messages In This Thread

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.