While the face of literature is always evolving, some works never
seem to lose their influence or popularity. Certainly the writings
of William Shakespeare are among these. For many generations, people
of all ages have marveled at Shakespeare's subtle characterizations
and adept representations of society and life. His works are among
those most often read by school children. They have been adapted for
film and television more than 275 times. His presence is certainly
felt online. Sites offer resources for all areas of Shakespearean
interest, including electronic texts, children's versions of the
works, biographical information, criticisms, and some resources that
are just plain fun.
The ultimate free Shakespeare resource, this site includes the complete works as well as reviews, news, podcasts, features and more.
Sparknotes - Shakespeare Study Guides
A very thorough resource to help you get through the bard's famous plays. Includes videos, plot overview, character list, analysis, quizzes and more for 38 plays.
Bartleby Shakespeare Collection
Bartleby.com has placed the 1914 Oxford edition of the "Complete Works of William Shakespeare" online. The anthology's 37 plays and 154 sonnets can be browsed or searched by keyword. Bartleby also offers more than 1,500 Shakespeare quotations selected by John Bartlett and essays on the Bard, including T.S. Eliot's "Hamlet and His Problems."
This site offers a true wealth of information about Shakespeare and his works, including full texts of plays and poems, famous quotes, paintings, trivia, a biography and much more.
Courtesy of iTunes, this complete lecture series by now-retired University of Michigan Professor Ralph Williams recaps some of Shakespeare's most beloved works, from Henry IV to King Lear. You can also indulge in an interactive Shakespeare experience with new iPad applications from Cambridge University Press, available worldwide on Apple's App Store. Be sure to check out YouTube Edu and Ted-Ed for more interactive resources.
Biographical and Critical Resources:
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
This is one of the most complete guides to Shakespeare resources on
the Internet, and it offers a wealth of on-site information. You'll
find wonderful background information on Shakespeare's life,
including a helpful timeline. Check out the criticism section for an
extensive list of annotated links.
This is an online guide to the reconstructed Globe playhouse in
London. It provides pictures and historical information about the
Globe, and gives an idea of what performances must have been like in
Shakespeare's Life and Times
This site provides information on what life was really like in
Shakespearean society. The site takes a look at history, politics,
literature, art and music.
This is a work in progress from Harry Rusche, an English professor at
Emory University. It explores 19th century paintings, criticisms and
productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one
Just for Fun
Have fun generating insults based on adjectives and nouns used in the
collected works of Shakespeare. Choose one word from each column,
preface with "thou" and you're set! Thou gorbellied milk-livered
canker-blossom! Thou dissembling elf-skinned hugger-mugger! Thou...
well, you get the idea.