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Shakespeare's Works Page Banner (C)1997-1998 Terry A. Gray

Introduction
The Canon
Tales From Shakespeare
Study Guides
Collected Editions of the Plays
Individual Editions of the Plays
Non-English Language Editions
The Poetry and Sonnets
Quotations
Lists (Bibliographies, etc.)
Book Publishers & Sellers

Introduction

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I have brought together here all the links to the collected and individual works by Shakespeare available on the Internet. Most are to web editions, but gopher, ftp, and telnet accessible resources have also been linked. The individual editions are listed alphabetically by title. The protocol used to access each work is noted on the left side of the page next to the link in square brackets, if it is not a web document. Any special considerations related to a link are also noted in the same way, such as [$$$], meaning that the link is to a for pay site.

In addition to the works, I have included a link to my own chronological listing of the canon, which contains some notes to the plays and issues related to the dating of the plays and poems. There are also links to the Lambs' Tales From Shakespeare (an orignal html edition mounted at this site). Near the bottom of the page I have placed references to Internet available Shakespeare bibliographies (which I call "lists," within which term I include filmographies, videographies, and webliographies).  Finally, as an aid to those of you in search of printed editions, I have included links to various book publishers and sellers, with special emphasis on those known for Shakespeare related materials.

If you are doing research on the "authorship problem," you will find the links on the Life & Times page.

Canon

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The Shakespeare Apocrypha

Tales From
Shakespeare

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An original, illustrated html edition of the complete Tales From Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb. If you are unfamiliar with the tales, they were originally published in 1806 (dated 1807) and are prose renderings for children of 20 of the plays. The tragedies were written by Charles and all the others by Mary Lamb. Though originally intended for children, they are revered works in their own right and serve as wonderful introductions to the plays. In their table of contents they are given in their originally published order, and below are given in alphabetical order:

Study Guides

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Collected
Editions

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  • The standard Complete Works sites are:

    These, and almost all the Complete Works sites are based on a very generic text released to the public domain in the early 90's called the "Complete Moby™ Shakespeare".  An excellent http source for this public domain text may be found at a site at Rutgers maintained by Eric Luhrs.  Look below to find an ftp accessible site.  Though there is little to be gained by listing the various sites where Complete Works collections may be found, here are a few in case traffic problems prevent access at the MIT or Australian sites:

  • The 1866 Globe Edition from the University of Virginia.  The Globe edition seems to have been the source for the aforementioned "Complete Moby Shakespeare".

  • The 1914, W. J. Craig, Oxford Edition of the Complete Works (37 plays, 154 sonnets), with an excellent search tool which finds words to Act/Scene divisions.

  • The First Folio and Early Quarto editions of the Works, again, from the University of Virginia etext archive.

  • The University of Virginia e-text center has released the Complete Works available as individual editions for the Microsoft EBook Reader (and as html versions as well).

  • The Complete Plays in a frames format that allows convenient jumping to the various sections of each play. Assembled by Robert Hanson.  Frames makes the text generally more navigable, but nothing else has been added to enhance the readability of the texts and there is no search engine.

  • A Facsimile Edition of the First Folio held by the Furness Shakespeare LibraryOnly the prefatory material and Lear and Macbeth are as yet available.

  • HarperAudio's Internet Multicasting Service. Audio rendering of the Sonnets, parts of Much Ado About Nothing, and Julius Caesar by great English actors accompanied by period music (au, gsm, and ra formats are available). If you have the new media player from Microsoft, the au format plays with very high quality.

  • HTML markup of many of the plays, using style sheets, but otherwise unre-html-markable.

  • Lynch Multimedia adaptations for kidsSix plays are planned, but only Macbeth and Hamlet are available.  The multimedia part is also "planned", since it is as yet unavailable.

  • A beautiful (but slow, owing to the server, one supposes) set of PDF versions of the plays (requires Acrobat Reader software) with Italian translations of many.

  • An English only (and quicker) alternative to the above PDF versions, from Oberon publishing.

  • The most exciting development for Shakespeare texts on the Internet is the University of Victoria's Internet Scholarly Editions of the Works.

    "The aim of the Internet Shakespeare Editions is to make scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays available in a form native to the medium of the Internet." 

  • The Plays for Teachers,  basic links to many of the plays with ancillary links to a small amount of teaching materials, from the Access Indiana Teaching and Learning Center.

  • SGML downloadable versions of the plays from OCLC.

  • Shakespeare on Line, by Russell J. Meyer of Emporia State. A collection of several of the plays especially useful because organized by text | outline | study questions | Lectures. The texts are the  common distribution, but the value of this site are the insights provided by Dr. Meyer.

Three pre-restoration promptbooks found in a copy of the First Folio at the University of Padua and therefore known as the "Padua" promptbooks:

Macbeth
Measure for Measure
Winter's Tale

Two from c. 1672 connected with the Hatton Garden Nursery and therefore known as the "Nursery" promptbooks:

Comedy of Errors
Midsummer Night's Dream

The following plays from a copy of the Third Folio belonging to the Smock Alley Theatre of Dublin (c. 1676-85) and therefore known as the "Smock Alley" promptbooks:

Hamlet
Macbeth
Othello
Midsummer Night's Dream
King Lear
Henry VIII
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Twelfth Night
The Comedy of Errors
The Winter's Tale

Non-http

[ftp]

 
  • Original Source Files. Most of the collections available on the Internet are based on the public domain, ascii versions of the texts freely available over the Internet. These texts in their original form are known as (The Complete Moby Shakespeare editions). Note that this is an ftp site. The upper level menu at this site will lead you to the complete Project Gutenburg etexts.  Another (http) source for the public domain text (known  as the "Complete Moby™ Shakespeare") is a site at Rutgers maintained by Eric Luhrs.
[ftp]
  • Original Source Files. Wiretap's ftp site for the source texts.
[gopher]
[gopher]
[Signet
Lineation]
  • A unique set of texts have been rendered by Dr. Michael Best as part of the Shakespeare By Individual Studies program. HTML texts for A Midsummer Nights Dream, Henry IV Pt. 1, As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest are included at this site. They are unique because the line numbers have been keyed to the Shakespeare Signet Classic editions.

Individual
Editions

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All's Well That Ends Well

The Comedy of Errors

Hamlet

Henry V

  • A Facsimile edition of the 1619 (dated 1608) 3rd Quarto edition of Henry V from the Furness Shakespeare Library.

Julius Caesar

  • The Julius Caesar site (Tufts) including the Furness Variorum edition of Julius Caesar (text, full commentary and most of the appendices); the Kittredge modernized text and commentary; the Skeat Edition of North's Plutarch;and various related student projects.

  • A Real Video version of Julius Caesar, co-produced by  Actors' Theatre, Davis Discovery Program, and Government Television (GTC-3) of Columbus, Ohio.  The play is in two parts:

    Part one (approx. 1 hr.)
    Part two (approx. 1 hr.)

King Lear

  • An extraordinary presentation of a scanned reproduction of the 1619 quarto of King Lear from the University of Pennsylvania. This is a must see site. This is the web at its best, allowing the student to examine a primary document in its original condition, and not just a transcription. Thanks to UP for going to the great trouble and expense of mounting this exhibit. At this same site you may compare a similar reproduction of the 1623 edition.

  • Actors' theater of Sonoma County present an Internet simulcast of King Lear. A beautiful site and an idea whose time has come?

  • King Lear. With selected audio speeches, plot summary, character sketches, questions & answers, a brief Shakespeare biography, and a section on the Globe Theater.

  • King Lear (incorporating Q1 and F1) with linked glossary, is presented by Dr. Larry A. Brown.  Dr. Brown has included two very interesting introductory articles, "Aristotle on Greek Tragedy," and "Tragedy After Aristotle." 

  • Web Resources for William Shakespeare's King Lear, maintained by Eric Luhrs, is a fine, comprehensive site to begin research on this play.

Macbeth

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

Othello

  • Honest Iago, an extremely well done Internet video, offering Othello in 11 minutes, directed by  Natalie Lingner and Sylvia Sya. Quicktime and Real versions are offered at 28.8, 56 and broadband speeds.

Richard III

  • The wonderful new html Richard III from the Richard III Society, complete with historical notes and references and links to On-Line Reference Books for Medieval Studies. An outstanding edition! Not complete as of this writing, but soon to be completed.

  • Colley Cibber's Richard III as presented by the Richard III Society. Includes interesting editor's notes and prefatory material. A very useful primary source contribution.

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The Winter's Tale

  • John Marwick's  production web site with the text and lots of links to other Winter's Tale sites.

Non-English
Editions

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Poetry
and
Sonnets

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William Luddy's is producing a spectacular edition of the Non-dramatic poetry .   The site has changed, been available, disappeared, and reappeared again.  It is spectacular and beautiful: a great example of what can be done to add artistic value to an author's work over the web.  Included in the site are:

  • SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (1609) RENAISSANCE ELECTRONIC TEXTS  A series of old-spelling, SGML-encoded editions. Ed. Hardy M. Cook and Ian Lancashire
  • Though mounted at a site devoted to Baconian authorship, here is a nice rendering of the Sonnets.

Quotations

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Lists

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[gopher]

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Publishers &
Booksellers

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