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Shakespeare's Works

Folger Digital Texts

“Meticulously accurate texts from the Folger Shakespeare Library edition the #1 Shakespeare texts in U.S. classrooms; free downloads of source code providing the basis for new noncommercial Shakespeare projects and apps.”

Shakespeare's Sonnets

“All of Shakespeare's sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included.”

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive

“The Shakespeare Quartos Archive is a digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare's plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions.”

Shakespeare Resources

Folger Shakespeare Library

“The Folger Shakespeare Library located in Washington, DC  is home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art. The Folger serves a wide audience of scholars, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater- and concert-goers.”

Shakespeare Documented

“Shakespeare Documented is the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare, bringing together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter. Nearly 500 references, found in roughly 400 print and manuscript documents, provide a rich portrait of Shakespeare as a professional playwright, actor, poet, business man, and family man who lived in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon.”

Shakespeare's Words

“Shakespeare's Words is the online version of the best-selling glossary and language companion. The site integrates the full text of the plays and poems with the entire Glossary database, allowing you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare's works, and in particular to find all instances of all words that can pose a difficulty to the modern reader.”


PlayShakespeare.com is administered by Ron Severdia and various contributors. PlayShakespeare.com wishes to thank both Julian López-Morillas and Barry Kraft for their ongoing expertise and contributions to the site. We are a member of the Shakespeare Association of America and the EFF. We are also an American Friend sponsor of Shakespeare's Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.

NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities

“Shakespeare in American Communities is a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest bringing performances and related educational activities to audiences across the country. The program supports high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare's plays for middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States.”

Elizabethan Costumes

Halloween Costumes All About William Shakespeare

“Shakespeare…has become such a well-known figure that one can even dress up as the Bard for a Halloween costume. Despite his fame, Shakespeare is also very much a mystery, with gaps in his history that leave portions of his life incomplete or unknown. Learning the known and documented details regarding the playwright and his work will help to develop a better overall image of his life and successes.” Thank you to Ava and her mother Sara for sending this suggestion! Ava's research for a school project turned up this gem!  ~ September 2016

Costume Craze – Elizabethan Costumes

“The Renaissance time period…saw many achievements in the military, religion, literature and many other areas. However, one of the most unique aspects of the Elizabethan Era was the costumes and accessories that were worn.” Thanks again to Ava and her mother Sara for sending this wonderful addition to the website resource page! Ava is continuing to do research  for school projects on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan period. ~ April 2017