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  • [Shakespeare, William] Bartleby: William Shakespeare The Bartleby Library offers both works by and materials on Shakespeare, including an electronic version of The Complete Oxford Shakespeare (1914 edition), Bartlett’s Shakespeare Quotations (more than 1,500), and Anthologized Verse, as well as George Saintbury’s „Life, Plays, Poems, and Bibliography“, and T. S. Eliot’s essay „Hamlet and His Problems“.
  • [Shakespeare, William] Internet Shakespeare Editions Includes texts and facsimiles of all plays both in quarto and folio, including the apocryphal plays added in the Third Folio. This is a genuine attempt to edit the texts for electronic format rather than using out of copyright texts: the „illuminated text“, a new way of viewing and exploring Shakespeare’s works with full annotation and illustration. The site features an extensive and growing database of Shakespeare in performance. Complete with scholarly aims and objectives. The site also contains useful discussions of the principles of editing electronic texts. There is a gateway to internet sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance.
  • [Shakespeare, William] King Lear „William Shakespeare’s King Lear began as a web site for a North Carolina State University English class. It has since become a resource for understanding an incredible play.“ On this website one can find a detailed summary of the plot as well as brief characterizations of King Lear, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, Gloucester, Edgar, Edmund, Kent, Cornwall, Albany, the Fool, Oswald, Burgundy, and the King of France. The FAQ section contains discussions on questions such as whether King Lear is insane or not or the elements that make this play a tragedy. The site alse provides a gallery of paintings and drawings illustrating scenes from the play. Furthermore the author of the sites offers links to further resources on the web.
  • [Shakespeare, William] PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource The website joins Shakespeare and technology, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and poems for free on the internet. The text can be freely used without copyright or royalty fees for study, research and performance. PlayShakespeare.com used the First Folio of 1623 (and Quartos where applicable) and the Globe Edition of 1866 as sources for the texts on this site.The website features a user-friendly approach to the text, including an inline glossary. Scroll over an arcane or confusing word and a box pops up for easy reference of characters, locations and terminology. Additionally, on PlayShakespeare.com you can find Shakespeare’s text with indentation. Other features on the website include ongoing reviews of Shakespeare productions on stage and screen by a network of critics; a Links page showcasing the largest and most comprehensive up-to-date list of U.S. and International Shakespeare companies, festivals and organizations, plus a monologue search site and resource site for teachers and students; a discussion forum; and a Facts page that includes Shakespeare’s biography and play chronology.
  • [Shakespeare, William] Shakespeare at eNotes Shakespeare at eNotes is a topical section of eNotes providing a basic introduction to Shakespeare and the Early Modern period. Some of the information is fee-based, but enough free stuff is available to warrant a visit. The site contains the complete text as well as plot summaries of the plays and sonnets and translations into modern English. Visitors can learn about the life and times of Shakespeare from the biography, chronology, and images. Additionally, visitors can search for Shakespearean quotes, use a question-and-answer section, and download lesson plans for Shakespeare in the classroom.
  • [Shakespeare, William] The Interactive Shakespeare Project „The Interactive Shakespeare Project at Holy Cross is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, initiative to use the World Wide Web to improve the teaching of Shakespeare. Created by a cohort of English and Theater professors from across the country, the Project incorporates computer technology to create an active learning environment for secondary school and college students. To augment the pedagogical effectiveness of the program, teaching resources and a cohesive methodology are provided for educators.“The project has produced a prototype interactive study guide to Shakespeare’s „Measure for Measure“. One can find online essays relating to the play on topics such as marriage, prostitution and the performance history of the play. An archive of reviews of notable productions of the play is one of the many features of this site which would be of interest to those working on the stage history of Shakespearean drama.
  • [Shakespeare,William] Electronic Text Center – University of Virginia: Shakespeare Resources „The Electronic Text Center’s holdings include a variety of Shakespeare resources that range from early Quartos, the complete 1623 First Folio, and early playhouse promptbooks, to more modern editions and to many bibliographical articles that discuss Shakespeare’s works.“