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.
Poems by William Shakespeare.
The Sonnets *
The text of each Shakespeare sonnet with an analysis and paraphrase of selected sonnets.
The Sonnets with text and commentary.
Project Gutenberg text.
The sonnets, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases.
Venus and Adonis
Project Gutenberg Ebooks
Shakespeare websites, organizations, archives *
BBC Drama: Shakespeare
The official site for Shakespeare on the BBC, with readings, news and commentaries.
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 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.
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 Oxford Society Homepage
Information, life, academic resources, articles.
A German website on Shakespeare.
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.
A project funded by the British Library Co-operation and Partnership Programme (BLCPP) to identify and map significant UK Shakespeare collections.
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 quotations *
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 *
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.
Antony and Cleopatra
A searchable etext.
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.
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.
a list of scenes.
Articles and essays on Shakespeare, background information, synopses, folios *
collection of 93 copies of the 21 plays by William Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642.
original quarto and folio versions of the Shakespeare plays. The Internet Shakespeare Edition