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Shakespeare Festival Reads

Reading Group books are available from Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO at a 20% discount.

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them. By December, we’ll have read 28 of the plays; our plan is to finish the canon in 2020.

2018 marks our 3rd year performing a staged reading as part of Shake 38! This year we’ll bring King John to the bookstore on April 20th at 7:00pm.

If you are interested in joining this group or have any other questions, please email Shane shane.m@left-bank.com

We usually meet the third Tuesday of every month.

2018 Reading List

December 18th, 7pm: Shakespeare's First Folio by Emma Smith

 

2019 Reading List

January 15th, 2019, 7pm: Titus Andronicus

February 19th, 2019, 7pm: Pericles

March 19th, 2019, 7pm: Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

April 16th, 2019, 7pm: Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

May 21st, 7pm: Love's Labour's Lost & All's Well That Ends Well

June 18th, 7pm: Sonnets & Poems

July 16th, 7pm: Cymbeline

August 20th, 7pm: Shakespeare in Swahililand by Edward Wilson-Lee

September 17th, 7pm: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt

October 15th, 7pm: Richard III

November 19th, 7pm: The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe

December 17th, 7pm: Cakes & Ale by W. Somerset Maugham

 

What we've read before: 201820172016201520142013, 2012The Plays We've Read 

 

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Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
$11.20
ISBN: 9780198819998
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 8th, 2018

December 2018 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Titus Andronicus & Timon of Athens (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - September 13th, 2011

January 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Pericles (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969436
Availability: Special Order
Published: Modern Library - April 10th, 2012

February 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Tales from Shakespeare (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Judi Dench (Introduction by)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780141321684
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - May 27th, 2010

March 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Macbeth: William Shakespeare's Macbeth Retold: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553419078
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hogarth - January 8th, 2019

April 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Love's Labour's Lost (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969146
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - August 12th, 2008

May 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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All's Well That Ends Well (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969375
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - September 13th, 2011

May 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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The Sonnets and Other Poems (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780812969207
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

June 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Cymbeline (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969429
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - September 13th, 2011

July 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Shakespeare in Swahililand: In Search of a Global Poet Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

August 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780393356977
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 14th, 2019

September 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Richard III (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969139
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - August 12th, 2008

October 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780199537068
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 15th, 2008

November 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Cakes and Ale (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725029
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - December 5th, 2000

December 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection