Though Shakespeare’s plays are generally divided into comedies, tragedies, and histories, throughout his career and especially near the end of it he created several dramas that don’t neatly fall into those three categories. Variously dubbed “romances,” “problem plays,” or simply “late plays,” all of them represent some of his best writing and some of his most memorable characters, not to mention a number of his finest songs (“Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun.”) So, for this special course let’s allow our crayons to stray outside the lines as we enjoy what we might call Shakespeare’s “basket of unclassifiables.”

Class #1: Troilus and Cressida

Class #2: Measure for Measure

Class #3: Coriolanus

Class #4: The Winter’s Tale

Class #5: Cymbeline

Class #6: The Tempest

Suggested Reading: any edition of Shakespeare. (The Pelican paperback series is excellent and inexpensive.)

Richard Matturro, a native of Rye, New York, holds a doctorate in English with a specialization in Shakespeare and Greek Mythology. After sixteen years at the Albany Times Union, he taught literature at the University of Albany for fourteen years. He is the author of numerous newspaper articles and six published novels.

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