Shakespeare Library

Welcome to our Shakespeare resources section!  This area provides links to all of the Bard's known works and provides some background into his life and times and the theatrical world that gave rise to some of the world's greatest literature.

NOTE:  This information section is provided as a reference to actors and our general audience and is not intended for use in any scholarly or research mediums.  Please view titles in our bibliography below for research sources. 

Click below or on the side links to view Shakespeare related information.


Biography From birth to death, apprentice actor to mature gentry, this section provides a detailed biography on the hard facts of Shakespeare's with detailed insight into his times and how they affected his 25 year career.
Plays Click in this section to find assorted information on the plays of Shakespeare and to view the text of the plays themselves.  Play texts can be viewed as one long file or broken out by individual scenes.

Each play section also provides:

Detailed profiles on each character.

Play Commentaries.

Scene by Scene Synopsis.

Poems When not writing works for the theater, Shakespeare kept his hand in the literary scene of his day.  Click here to view the text of his poems, along with commentary and a synopsis of each work.
Sonnets Some of the most beautiful love poems in the English language are to be found in this enigmatic grouping of 154 stylized poems. Click here to view the sonnet text and commentary on the works that may be the only autobiographical link that Shakespeare left to us.
Theaters The Globe Theater is synonymous with Shakespeare, but what do you really know about it?  Or what about Shakespeare more upscale theater - The Blackfriars?  Click here for a fun tour of the theaters that shaped Shakespeare plays and links to their modern counterparts.
Shakespeare Links Here you will find a large grouping of useful Shakespeare related links from around the web, including several festivals and theaters.


Bibliography and Suggested Reading:

Shakespeare A to Z, The Essential Reference to His Plays, Poems, Life, Times and More, by Charles Boyce, Dell Publishing Group, New York, 1990.

Shakespeare:  The Invention of the Human, by Harold Bloom, Penguin Putnam Inc, New York, 1998

Shakespeare, The Evidence, by Ian Wilson,  St. Martin's Press, London 1994

Shakespeare, A Life in Drama, by Stanley Wells, Maple Vale Manufacturing Group Inc. 1995

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare, by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D, Alpha Books, New York, 1999

A Reader's Guide to Shakespeare, by Joseph Rosenblum, Barnes and Noble Books, 1999

The New Cambridge Shakespeare, King Edward III, Edited by Giorgio Melchiori, Cambridge University Press, 1998

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