Making Amends to the Bard

When a man realizes that there are only so many days left in his life to make happen the hopes and dreams for which there was so much time in his salad days, it’s time to look honestly inside himself, admit his shortcomings, and make amends. So you can imagine my chagrin, not to mention embarrassment, when I made a list of the Shakespeare plays I still needed to read and was forced to come to grips with the fact that I’ve only read 12 of the 41 recognized plays (assuming you agree with the recent addition of Double Falsehood into the oeuvre, which I do). Only twelve plays? I haven’t read Othello? On the bright side, there are still 29 Shakespeare plays yet to discover and enjoy, and I’m tackling the “histories,” starting with Richard III.

I recommend the paperback versions of the plays from the Folger library. Each…

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