William Shakespeare websites, a guide

Absolute Shakespeare
An essential William Shakespeare resource, with Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and poems. Study Shakespeare with plot summaries, essays, character analyses, quotes, biography, pictures, timeline, trivia, the Globe Theatre and links.

Poems by Shakespeare *

Poems by William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Info

Poems by William Shakespeare.
Poem Hunter

Quotes and poems by William Shakespeare.

The Sonnets *

The Sonnets
The text of each Shakespeare sonnet with an analysis and paraphrase of selected sonnets.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets
The Sonnets with text and commentary.

The Sonnets
Project Gutenberg text.

The Sonnets
Wikipedia entry.

The Sonnets

The Sonnets
The sonnets, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases.

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis
Project Gutenberg Ebooks

Shakespeare websites, organizations, archives *

Biography of Shakespeare

BBC Drama: Shakespeare
The official site for Shakespeare on the BBC, with readings, news and commentaries.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Internet Shakespeare Editions
The aim of the Internet Shakespeare Editions is to inspire a love of Shakespeare’s works in a world-wide audience. To do so, they create and publish works for the student, scholar, actor, and general reader in a form native to the medium of the Internet:

Open Shakespeare
Open Shakespeare combines literary criticism and the internet, to produce a completely free and open set of tools for appreciating the Bard.You can use the website to read all of Shakespeare, including brief individual introductions to each play, perform rudimentary statistical analysis, compare texts side by side, search and annotate any of Shakespeare’s works and much more …

Open Source Shakespeare
Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free web site containing Shakespeare’s complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century.

Podcasts on Shakespeare, from The University of Oxford
Approaching Shakespeare. Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it.

Shakespeare Authorship
The Shakespeare Authorship Page. Dedicated to the Proposition that Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship
Research and Discussion of the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The trust offers a unique Shakespeare centred experience with outstanding archive and library collections, inspiring educational and literary event programmes and five houses all directly relating to Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s handwriting, Wikipedia with images of manuscripts.

Shakespeare Oxford Society Homepage
Information, life, academic resources, articles.

A German website on Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s will. PDF format.

Shakespeare Online
Essays, analysis, complete plays, background.

Shakespeare Resource Center
Collected links from all over the World Wide Web to help you find information on William Shakespeare.

Illustrations to Shakespeare
Shakespeare Illustrated. Illustrations listed under artist and play.

Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.

A project funded by the British Library Co-operation and Partnership Programme (BLCPP) to identify and map significant UK Shakespeare collections.

Droeshout engraving (Shakespeare’s portrait). Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry on William Shakespeare.

Criticism *

Shakespeare and his Critics
Access to a wide and increasing range of Shakespeare related documents. All sources transcribed and edited by Thomas Larque.

The Shakespeare Quarterly
Founded in 1950 by the Shakespeare Association of America, Shakespeare Quarterly  is a refereed journal committed to publishing articles in the vanguard of Shakespeare studies. As of 19 April 2010, submissions are double blinded. The Quarterly, produced by Folger Shakespeare Library in association with George Washington University, features notes that bring to light new information on Shakespeare and his age, issue and exchange sections for the latest ideas and controversies, theater reviews of significant Shakespeare productions, and book reviews to keep its readers current with Shakespeare criticism and scholarship.

Shakespeare Oxford Society Homepage

Shakespeare quotations *

Shakespeare Quotes
Shakespeare quotes with explanations – your favourite Shakespeare quote here. Enotes

William Shakespeare Quotes 

Shakespeare Searchable Quotation Database
The Bard of Avon: Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

Quotes by William Shakespeare
The Quotations Page

The plays *

Live texts of the Shakespeare plays.

No Fear Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s plays plus a modern translation.
No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English.

Complete live texts of the plays by William Shakespeare. 

Ebooks. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra
A searchable etext.

As You Like It

The Comedy of Errors


King Lear

Love’s Labour’s Lost

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enjoying “Macbeth”,  by Ed Friedlander, M.D. A synopsis and overview.

An annotated, online version of the play includes links to a glossary of terms, a summary of each scene, and a list of character descriptions.

Macbeth etext, 
Project Gutenberg.

Theatre History

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice
Draft texts of the Folio and Quarto texts of The Merchant of Venice. The first surviving edition of The Merchant of Venice, the quarto of 1598.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Much Ado about Nothing

a list of scenes.

Study notes.


Richard the Third

Romeo and Juilet

The Tempest, 
searchable etext.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Articles and essays on Shakespeare, background information, synopses, folios *

Articles on Shakespeare and theatre history.

British Library
collection of 93 copies of the 21 plays by William Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642.

Early editions,
original quarto and folio versions of the Shakespeare plays. The Internet Shakespeare Edition

Elizabethan England

Portraits of Shakespeare at The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Synopses of the Shakespeare plays.

Wikipedia entry on William Shakespeare.