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Category A:
  • Henry VI, Part I
  • Henry VI, Part II
  • Taming of the Shrew (arguably)
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Edward III
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Henry IV, Part I
  • Henry V
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Pericles
  • Cymbeline
  • Henry VIII

Category A½:
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen

Category B:
  • Henry VI, Part III
  • Richard III
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Richard II
  • King John
  • Henry IV, Part II
  • Julius Caesar
  • Othello
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Coriolanus
  • Timon of Athens

Category C:
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • As You Like It
  • Twelfth Night
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Winter's Tale
  • The Tempest

Actually I'll explain tomorrow in the unlikely event that nobody does so in comments. Feel free to say how obvious the answer is, and to point out the plays I have miscategorised above.

Edited to add: Yeah, Hamlet should have been listed under Category B!

Comments

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drplokta
Jun. 1st, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Does Hamlet not get a category at all?
davesangel
Jun. 1st, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
That's just what I was thinking...
redfiona99
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well, it can't be early, middle, late, otherwise Henry VIII would be in C.
steve_mollmann
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hamlet would belong in Category B, if I've figured this out right.
davesangel
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
From my experience over the years of studying this at university, the only categorisation that matters (and has been agreed upon by pretty much any Shakespearean academic worth their salt) is to divide the plays into the histories (all of the Henry and Richard Plays, King John, etc), the romances (Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest), the tragedies (all of those that don't fit the previous categories), the comedies (again, remaining plays that don't fit romances).

Also, there is a lot of debate regarding whether Edward III was even written by Shakespeare, hence it has never been included in any scholarly anthology worth having.
gareth_rees
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
N: Punenpgref va gur gvgyr fheivir gur cynl.
O: Punenpgref va gur gvgyr qvr qhevat gur cynl.
P: Ab punenpgref anzrq va gur gvgyr.
nwhyte
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Rknpgyl!
sammywol
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ha! Easy. Category C is ones you have read, Category B is ones you have both read and seen on the BBC collection, and Category A is ones you have read, seen on the BBC collection and seen played live. Taming is arguable because it was translated into Serbo-Croat and Two Gentlemen is only half way into A because you fell asleep watching it.

Don't bother to congratulate me. I know I'm wrong.
chickenfeet2003
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
A = The title character does not snuff it
B = The title character snuffs it
C = There is no title character for snuff determination purposes
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