TrackSectionLength
0101 - Sonnets 1-109:22
0202 - Sonnets 11-209:51
0303 - Sonnets 21-309:25
0404 - Sonnets 31-4010:02
0505 - Sonnets 41-509:56
0606 - Sonnets 51-609:50
0707 - Sonnets 61-709:30
0808 - Sonnets 71-809:36
0909 - Sonnets 81-909:40
1010 - Sonnets 91-1009:38
1111 - Sonnets 101-1109:32
1212 - Sonnets 111-1209:24
1313 - Sonnets 121-1309:21
1414 - Sonnets 131-1409:30
1515 - Sonnets 141-15412:49

Notes
Running time: 2 hours and 27 minutes
Read by: Elizabeth Klett
Book Coordinator:  Elizabeth Klett
Meta Coordinator: Karen Savage
Proof listener: Ans Wink

Artwork
Cover: Portrait of William Shakespeare known as the 'Chandos portrait' after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. Date 1610. Painter may be John Taylor.
Inset:  The first ever known illustration to Shakespeare's poem A Lover's Complaint from the 1774 volume of Poems included in John Bell's edition of the works of Shakespeare.
Inset: Chandos portrait.
Insert: Title page of Shakespeare sonnets 1609.

Recordings
These recordings were made using the author’s original published work, which is in the public domain. The readings were recorded by members and volunteers of Librivox.org, which has generously made the recordings available to the public domain. The audio files have been edited and engineered using professional audio tools for maximum sonic quality. While Librivox condones the sale and distribution of these recordings, it is not associated with the management or operations of MP3 Audiobook Classics.  



"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate..." These lines from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and many others that are quoted to this day come from The Sonnets, a collection of 154 poems written for a private readership and published in 1609. The poems are about affairs of the heart and fall into two groups – lust for a dark complexioned married woman  (the “dark lady”) and a conflicted love for a young man (the “fair youth”). It is unclear if the subjects were real people or if the voice of the author is that of Shakespeare himself.   The mystery is compounded by the dedication of the 1609 edition to a “Mr W.H”, whose identity is unknown.  Whatever the particulars, it is universally agreed that The Sonnets are a “profound meditation on the nature of love, sexual passion, procreation, death, and time.” William Wordsworth commented that “Shakespeare unlocked his heart” in the sonnets. (Quotations from Wikipedia)

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Item Info
EAN 683422134470
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD Box
Author William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Recording
Read by Elizabeth Klett
Length 2 hours and 27 minutes

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