a completist Shakespeare site would be as redundant as attempting
a completist Arthurian site; the position is admirably filled
by Terry A. Gray's
Mr. William Shakespeare
and the Internet. Nevertheless, Legends' focus is somewhat
different from everyone else's, so here beginneth our eclectic guide to the best of
Shakespeare on the web.
The Essential Online Resources
Mr. William Shakespeare
and the Internet, an annotated guide to Shakespeare resources online.
Site editor Terry A. Gray writes, "From the beginning these pages have
been an annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare
resources on the Internet. By 'annotated' I mean I give my
opinions about the sites and try
to indicate what their strengths may be... By 'scholarly' I mean those sites
that will interest serious students of Shakespeare,
Elizabethan drama or the Renaissance in general."
Topics include works, sources, life & times, theatre, and criticism, with
Mr. William Shakespeare's
Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, & Poems will house
The Internet Shakespeare Editions, whose aim is
"to make scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays
available in a form native to the medium of the Internet."
This site includes Shakespeare's
Plays in their original draft spellings, and
Life and Times by editor Michael Best. All at the University of Victoria.
with the Bard, "Your Shakespeare Classroom on the Internet,"
edited by Amy Ulen,
Web Director for Shakespeare
magazine, sponsored by Georgetown University and Cambridge University
The Shakespeare Resource Center features
essays, play synopses, a search engine, a brief biography, selected links, and questions-and-answers via email.
The Complete Works
of William Shakespeare at MIT, with glossary, is based on the
Moby(tm) Shakespeare, as is
Matty Farrow's Works
of the Bard page at the University of Sydney, with searchable HTML and plain-text
versions of the plays.
The Shakespeare Web is undergoing
a major reorganization, but still has much material of interest.
from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb, an illustrated hypertext edition
at Palomar College.
Winter Fool, Summer Queen:
Shakespeare's Folklore and the English Holiday Cycle, an essay by
Kristen McDermott at the Endicott Studio Reading Room.
Shakespearian Grammar by Edwin Abbott Abbott (1879), part of
the Pereus Digital Library at Tufts. A feast for
word-freaks. Abbott labels "errors" usages which we might prefer to call
"dialectal" or merely "obsolete." New URL.
The Sixteenth and
Seventeenth Century History Play: A Working Bibliography by W.L. Godshalk,
University of Cincinnati, is at the Richard III
and Yorkist History Server. New URLs.
Renaissance Forum: An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and
Modern Literary Studies is a "refereed online journal serving
as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic
resource for researchers in the area." It has published a special issue:
Scholarship from Old Renaissance Dictionaries:
Applications of the Early Modern English Dictionaries Database,
Shakespeare Consciously Use Archaic English? by Mary Catherine Davidson and An
English Renaissance Understanding of the Word "Tragedy,"
1587-1616 by Tanya Hagen, both of the University of Toronto.
Legends' Rapier & Dagger
page provides access to sixteenth century texts on fencing.
Notes on the Illustrations ·
7 March 2004