Shelf 2: Shakespeare
From the time I read the Classics Illustrated comics of Hamlet and Macbeth—the cover images still spring to mind with scary clarity—Shakespeare’s language has resonated through the inner chambers of my head and heart. The simple version of my desire to teach with the University of Wisconsin’s Integrated Liberal Studies program was that I wanted to teach—which means read and talk about—Shakespeare. My older daughter Riah devoted a decade of her life to acting with the Young Shakespeare Players and various New York City companies when she was a student in the Stella Adler Studio at NYU. The following list represents our consensus on where to start on a lifetime journey. For those who want to read about the plays, I’ve included H.C. Godard’s two-volume overview of Shakespeare’s plays, as insightful now as when it was published in 1951.