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William Shakespeare by Rodrio22, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Dates: 1564-1616

Nationality: British/English

Literary Periods: 

Elizabethan Period, 1558-1603

Jacobean and Caroline Period, 1603-1660

Renaissance Period, 1500-1660

Tudor Period, 1500-1603



William Shakespeare by William Blake, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

The unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words from across the English-speaking world

Scribner Writers Series

Extensive biography on the life and works of William Shakespeare

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Find books, essays and journal articles in MLA International Bibliography
MLA International Bibliography is the definitive literary research database, indexing the most authoritative scholarship on William Shakespeare from books and academic journals.  MLA indexes and links to the entire JSTOR literary research collection as well as linking to many other full-text providers.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online
The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2011. Contains over 126,900 annotated entries


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The Booke of Sir Thomas More (a play probably written principally by Anthony Munday, with revisions by Thomas Dekker, Henry Chettle, William Shakespeare, and possibly Thomas Heywood) is preserved in a manuscript at the British Library (Harleian Ms. 7368). Most scholars now concur that two brief passages were written by Shakespeare circa 1594-1595, and that one of them represents the only surviving example of a literary or dramatic manuscript in Shakespeare's hand.

Shakespeare's autograph signature occurs in three places in his will, dated 25 March 1616, located in the Public Records Office (PROB 1/4). His signature is also on a deposition given to the Court of Requests in 1612 (Public Records Office, REQ 4/1), and in two documents relating to the mortgage purchase of a property in Blackfriars (one in the Guildhall Library, the other in the British Library, Egerton Ms. 1787).  --DLB 3/18/11

Hamlet's Vision by Pedro Américo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


Also of interest!  MIT's Global Shakespeare site gives access to video of hundreds of performances in many languages all over the world.

On the lighter side: The Reduced Shakespeare Company on YouTube.


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