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Shakespeare wrote tragedies from the beginning of his career. One of his earliest plays was the Roman tragedy Titus Andronicus, which he followed a few years later with Romeo and Juliet. However, his most admired tragedies were written in a seven-year period between 1601 and 1608. These include his four major tragedies Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, along with Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar and the lesser-known Timon of Athens and Troilus and Cressida.
List of tragedies by William Shakespeare in chronological order
- Titus Andronicus (1591–1592)
- Romeo and Juliet (1595)
- Julius Caesar (1599)
- Hamlet (1599–1601)
- Troilus and Cressida (1602)
- Othello (1603–1604)
- King Lear (1605–1606)
- Timon of Athens (1605–1606)
- Macbeth (1606)
- Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
- Coriolanus (1608)
- Cymbeline (1610–1611) was listed in the First Folio as a tragedy, but it is now usually included among Shakespeare's late romances.
In addition to these, Shakespeare also wrote a number of plays about English history, such as Richard II, which can be considered a tragedy, as the hero of the play exhibits many of Aristotle's definitions of what is required to obtain "tragic" status.
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