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Bradley, A. C. Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 1905.

Bibliography: "Shakespeare: Life and Plays" in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21), Vol. 5. The Drama to 1642, Part One.

Early Editors of Shakespeare from Shakespeare in Europe, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford from Luminarium, created and edited by Anniina Jokinen.

Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Shakespeare

“Hamlet and His Problems” T.S. Eliot’s 1922 essay on Shakespeare’s greatest tragic character in which he coined the famous doctrine of the “objective correlative.”

Johnson on The Works of William Shakespeare "Johnson first planned to edit the plays of Shakespeare in 1745, when he published his Observations on Macbeth as a specimen of the edition he hoped to produce. For a number of reasons, mostly legal, the edition was abandoned shortly thereafter. But with the Dictionary complete in 1755, Johnson once again turned his attention to Shakespeare. His work was irregular, but finally appeared in an eight-volume edition in 1765. Johnson's Preface to the Shakespeare edition is one of his most famous pieces of writing, and has long dominated discussions of the entire edition. It is indeed one of his most interesting works, but a number of critics (most notably Arthur Sherbo) have reminded readers that much of what appears in the Preface is thoroughly conventional, and have insisted that Johnson's really interesting work appears in his notes."

“Life, Plays, Poems and Bibliography” The great teacher and scholar George Saintsbury created the touchstone for Shakespeare reference with these chapters from the Cambridge History of English Literature.

Sh:in:E - Shakespeare in Europe Critical texts and primary texts, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Shakespeare Around the Globe The aim of this series of essays is to introduce students and scholars to the way Shakespeare is understood, read, and performed in countries around the world.

The Shakespeare Authorship Page David Kathman and Terry Ross's collection of biographical materials "dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare" with highly persuasive material to counter the Oxfordian and Baconian conspiracy theories.

Shakespeare Criticism, from Terry A. Gray's Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet.

The Shakespeare Mystery If you'd like some more information on the authorship controversy, the PBS series Frontline rebroadcast their documentary The Shakespeare Mystery on Shakespeare's birthday, April 23, in 1996. The accompanying site includes some full-text articles on the subject by noted academics.

“Shakspeare; or, the Poet” Ralph Waldo Emerson’s lecture from Representative Men.

Shakespeare Oxford Society "This intriguing web site puts forward the case that the writings traditionally ascribed to William Shakespeare, the Stratford man, were in fact authored by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604). In order to establish its credentials The Shakespeare Oxford Society claims to be the 'second oldest continually operating organization involved in the two-centuries old Shakespeare authorship debate'. A cogent argument is presented at the site for favouring de Vere over his rival suspects, and there is also a wealth of news stories, both about the evidence and about conferences relating to Shakespeare authorship. Books about the authorship debate are available to purchase, and links are provided to usenet discussion groups. This is a partisan site. One will not find many links to web sites claiming that Shakespeare (or anyone else) was the actual author of Shakespeare's works. Nevertheless, it is both interesting and entertaining, and is certainly essential reading for anyone concerned about the mysterious identity of the great playwright. Shakespeare scholars and conspiracy theorists alike will find much to contemplate." The Humbul Humanities Hub

Shakespeare and His Critics from Thomas Larque. Access to a wide and increasing range of Shakespeare related documents including criticism from the 1700s and 1800s.

Shakespeare on Masculinity "This Web site contains a sample chapter of the new Cambridge University Press book Shakespeare on Masculinity by Professor Robin Headlam-Wells (Roehampton University). The chapter published online is called 'The Chivalric Revival: Henry V and Troilus and Cressida'. The chapter is available in PDF format and can be browsed free of charge. The contents section of the book, which provides a good overview of the work, is also available. Headlam-Wells is particularly strong on the historical context of Shakespeare's representation of masculinity. However, he also provides valuable interpretations of the intellectual background of Shakespeare's art, as well as taking on influential recent theorists such as Stephen Greenblatt." Stuart Allen, The Humbul Humanities Hub.

Shakespeare Scholars from Encyclopædia Britannica

The Swinburne Project: A searchable electronic edition of the works of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) The Swinburne Project from Indiana University is a digital collection, or virtual archive, devoted to the life and work of Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. When complete the project will provide students and scholars with access to all available original works by Swinburne and selected contextual materials, including contemporary critical reactions, biographical works, and images of artwork about which Swinburne wrote.

Writing about Shakespeare by Frank Kermode, London Review of Books.

Last Update: October 12, 2011