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From the shortest Haiku to ancient epics, from love sonnets to Greek tragedy - the Folio Society publishes a classic selection of beautiful poetry and drama books. Encompassing some of the most influential and powerful works ever composed each book features original illustrations and makes the perfect gift for any poetry or theatre lover. See below for the full list of Folio Poetry and Drama books.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: As You Like It book

The Oxford Shakespeare: As You Like It

Edited by Alan Brissenden

Unconventional and witty, this play tells the tale of the most playful of romances. It is Shakespeare's ground-breaking comedy

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

Edited by Charles Whitworth

Boisterous fun abounds in this early Shakespeare comedy featuring two sets of twins separated at birth, misguided servants and family lost and restored.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Coriolanus book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Coriolanus

Edited by R. B. Parker

Shakespeare’s last tragedy, telling the story of Caius Marcius, a proud Roman General in the tumultuous days of the early republic.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Cymbeline book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Cymbeline

Edited by Roger Warren

Dark undertones and a plot filled with twists and surprises make this one of Shakespeare’s most mystifying plays.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Edited by Roger Warren

This hilarious story of romance and rivalry is thought to be Shakespeare's first play – written before he moved to London.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Hamlet book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Hamlet

Edited by G. R. Hibbard

Shakespeare's greatest play - the tragedy of Hamlet has become the most widely published work in the world, after the Bible.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Julius Caesar book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

Edited by Arthur Humphreys

As Shakespeare's shortest play, Julius Caesar is an enduring analysis of conspiracy, betrayal and assassination.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: King Lear book

The Oxford Shakespeare: King Lear

Edited by Stanley Wells

A haunting and deeply moving play that pits wickedness against innocence like few others.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

Edited by George Hibbard

Love’s Labour’s Lost is Shakespeare’s most sophisticated and intellectual comedy. The King of Navarre chooses to devote himself to the life of the mind, until love intervenes.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Measure for Measure book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Measure for Measure

Edited by N. W. Bawcutt

Recalling the verse from St Matthew’s Gospel: ‘With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again,’ this play presents thought-provoking conundrums about justice, liberty and mercy.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Edited by Jay L. Halio

The Merchant of Venice contains some of Shakespeare’s most finely crafted, multi-faceted characters and is among the most intriguing of his comedies.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor book

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Edited by T. W. Craik

Written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again, this is the only Shakespeare comedy set wholly in his home country.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream book

The Oxford Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Edited by Peter Holland

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an enchanting meditation on the nature of love, gender politics and the supernatural. It is one of the most frequently performed of all Shakespeare's comedies

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Edited by Sheldon P. Zitner

This exuberant comedy is full of sparkling repartee, thanks to the witty characters of Beatrice and Benedick; theirs is one of the best-loved relationships in literature.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Othello book

The Oxford Shakespeare: Othello

Edited by Michael Neill

The visceral power of this great tragedy has resonated through the centuries, ensuring it remains one of Shakespeare's most popular plays.

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