A global online research environment for Shakespeare studies


Comprehensive, cross-searchable coverage of Shakespeare's work, critical reception, textual history, performance history and cultural and historical context.

The main features of The Shakespeare Collection are:

  • The inclusion of primary sources, historical editions, and contemporary criticism, all full-text and fully-searchable
  • The facility to compare texts on screen line by line, scene by scene, by using the 'compare texts'™ feature

The main components of The Shakespeare Collection are:

Historical Texts and Adaptations: facsimile copies of the First Folio, key Quartos, and major editions and adaptations from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Other Works from Shakespeare's Time: facsimile texts of possible sources and works by Shakespeare's contemporaries, such as Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, The Book of Martyrs by John Foxe, and Zelauto by Anthony Munday.

Prompt Books: the working texts of stage managers and company prompters, actors' study books and notes on staging and role interpretation dating from 17th to 20th century.

Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries: Gordon Crosse, a Shakespeare enthusiast, attended more than 500 Shakespeare performances during his lifetime, witnessing and recording performances of nearly every major Shakespearean actor and practically every major U.K. Shakespeare production from 1890 to 1953.

Criticism and Commentary: full-text criticism on Shakespeare and his works, and performances of his works. Includes extensive full-text coverage from Shakespearean Criticism - Excerpts from the Criticism of William Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry, from the First Published Appraisals to Current Evaluations and full-text scholarly journals, along with citation-only records, focusing on a range of literary and interdisciplinary topics, such as the Renaissance, Elizabethan studies, Early Modern English studies, film studies and more. Sources include Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Newsletter, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, and Early Modern Literary Studies.

Reference works and biographies: Works providing social and historical context including Scribners' Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence, select biographies from Dictionary of Literary Biography series and biocritical narrative essays on Shakespearean actors, actresses and directors.

Websites: Annotated links to reliable and authoritative free sites