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Shakespeare's Time

Chronology of Plays

Study Questions

Discussion Forum

Reserve List

Resource Links

Sample Essays

I have tried to assemble here the most useful and dependable links to websites devoted to Shakespeare. You may find others while browsing. If they look useful, please let me know at and I will add them to this page.

The Most Useful Shakespeare Websites

Texts of the Plays

  • MIT's The Complete Works is a good modern edition of all the plays, but lacks a search engine. Also missing are the Sonnets and non-dramatic poems.
  • The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) provides a facsimile of the First Folio (1623) and some quarto editions of the plays
  • HTML versions (searchable) of the First Folio (1623) from The University of Virginia. I recommend you check this edition frequently. This is an html version of the first published collection of Shakespeare's plays. Spelling and lineation is therefore just as it was in 1623.
  • Seventeenth-Century Prompt books for the plays from the University of Virginia
  • The Oxford Shakespeare edited by W. J. Craig, from Columbia's Bartleby, but you must tolerate advertisements
  • The Perseus Project from Tufts University offers all of the plays as well as a growing collection of other Renaissance texts, including all of Marlowe's plays

Elizabethan Theatre

Biography and History

Reference Tools and Guides for Literary Study

The Bible and Reformation Commentary

Classical Literature (Greek and Latin)