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Shakespeare Resources

Get acquainted with the Bard with these fine electronic and print resources

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Electronic Resources

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Based on Facts On File's extensive print literature collection, Literary Reference Online examines the lives and works of great writers throughout history. Unlike many resources, this database not only contains information on thousands of authors and their major and minor works, but also an archive of 35,000 characters, as well as extensive glossary and subject entries featuring historical events and their impact on literature. As diverse as it is authoritative, Literary Reference Online includes hyperlinked entries on world writers, literary criticism, minor and major characters, and literary genres and movements.

Literature Resource Center

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Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Scribner Writer's Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Twayne World, US, and English Authors each contains the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 600 full-text titles. (This service was partially funded by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.) Including Scriber, Twayne's U.S. and World Authors.

Literary Reference Center

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Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a completely full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works and is an essential resource for public, academic and high school libraries.

Educational Videos

The dramatic works of William Shakespeare Comedy  [videorecording] / produced by BBC & Time-Life Films. New York, NY : Time-Life Films distributed by Ambrose Video Pub., [c200-?]. Call #  DVD 822.3 DRA

Hamlet [videorecording] / by William Shakespeare ; directed by Kevin Kline and Kirk Browning ; produced by Kimberly Myers and Iris Merlis New York, NY : Broadway Theatre Archive ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [c200-], c1990. Call # DVD 822.33 HAM

Much ado about nothing [videorecording] / William Shakespeare ; A presentation of the New York Shakespeare Festival ; Joseph Papp, producer ; A.J. Antoon, director West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur ; New York, NY : Broadway Theatre Archive, [c2002]. Call # DVD 822.33 MUC

Shakespeare's Stratford  [DVD] / Artsmagic  [S.l.] : Artsmagec, c2008. Call #DVD 822.33 SHA

Why Shakespeare? [videorecording] / National Endowment for the Arts ; a film by Lawrence Bridges ; produced by Jan Wieringa Washington, DC : National Endowment for the Arts, c2004. Call # DVD 822.33 WHY

William Shakespeare [videorecording] : a life of drama / Satel Documentary production for A & E Network; produced and directed by Rebecca Jones New York, NY : A & E Home Video : [Marketed and distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group], c2002, c1996. Call # DVD B SHAKESPEARE

World Wide Web Resources

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
“This site offers access to lots of scholarly materials about Shakespeare and his works. You can find out about the Renaissance, Shakespeare's life, Shakespearean festivals, and all the plays and non-dramatic poetry.”

The Collected Works of Shakespeare

“A site with complete texts of all the bard's plays, accessible via a search engine. Definitely a one stop Shakespeare shop.”

Shakespeare Bookshelf

“Quick links to the complete works of William Shakespeare, plus study guides, discussion groups and criticism.”

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

“Complete versions of Shakespeare's plays, available for you to read online.”

ISE: Shakespeare's Life and Times

“The Internet Shakespeare Editions present this extensive site on Shakespeare’s life and times. "Topics covered include Shakespeare’s life, the stages he wrote for, and the context of the society of his time, the politics and history, the background of ideas and religion, the dramatic tradition he was part of, the literary background, and the music and art he would have encountered. There is an extensive reference section, including maps, a detailed chronology, and thorough bibliographies." There are also online texts of Shakespeare’s plays in the original spelling.”

Surfing with the Bard

“Are you reading Shakespeare? Do you need some help understanding the language and the plays? This site calls itself "the Shakespeare classroom on the Internet." It covers everything you would want to know about the Bard, his plays, and his poetry.”

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