April would have been a good time to talk about Shakespeare, it being the month both of his birth and death, but, alas, April’s lease has expired. Fortunately, however, the Bard is never out of season, so for those of you who want to delve into the life and work of the great playwright and poet or read up on him in preparation for summer stock, here goes.
Britannica has an extensive article on Shakespeare that covers his life and work and place in literary history. It also takes up the intriguing question of whether Shakespeare actually wrote his own plays, a hot topic among these days. Principal contributors to the article Shakespeare scholars John Russell Brown, Terence John Bew Spencer, and David Bevington.
We also have a The Encyclopaedia Britannica Guide to Shakespeare, a special multimedia site devoted entirely to Shakespeare and his work. It has additional articles and audio and video clips of performances.
And, of course, this widget that you can put on your own site, which has links to Britannica’s coverage of Shakespeare and related topics.
On the Web:
The Shakespeare Authorship Page. These folks believe Shakespeare really wrote Shakespeare.
The Electronic Text Center. Various editions available in digital form. http://etext.virginia.edu/shakespeare
Shakespeare Resource Center. Large collection of links to Shakespeare material around the Web. http://www.bardweb.net/
Folger Shakespeare Library. Washington, D.C.-based center for research on the Bard and his times.