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All of the texts on this site come from the First Folio of 1623 (and Quartos where applicable) and the Globe Edition of 1866 and have been re-edited and updated. These versions reflect the editorial standards of the PlayShakespeare.com scholarly team. Many online versions elsewhere are based on the Globe Edition (1866), the Gutenberg Edition, or the Moby/MIT Edition (also a revised version of the Globe Edition); the latter two being less-authoritative revisions. Being in the public domain, there are many other copyrighted editions of Shakespeare's works out there but none with the scholarly backing of the Riverside, Arden, or Bevington editions, therefore you can rely on the quality and interpretive accuracy of the PlayShakespeare.com texts.

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We've compiled together the most important fact about the works of Shakespeare. Unlike other online resources, we've researched and verified our data to provide you with the most accurate information possible.

Facts

We've compiled together the most important facts about the works of Shakespeare. Unlike other online resources, we've researched and verified our data to provide you with the most accurate information possible.

Shakespeare's Players

The principal actors in Shakespeare's performing troupe

Elizabethan Theatres

The theatres of Shakespeare's day.

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Hamlet Quartos

Hamlet quartos go here.

Hamlet Quarto 1

Published in 1603 and considered to be a bad quarto, it's approximately half the length of Quarto 2.




Hamlet Quarto 2

Published in 1604-5 and is used as the basis for Quartos 3 and 4 as well as the First Folio.
This modern-language version has been prepared by updating the public domain text from Project Gutenberg with frequent reference to the old-spelling versions of Q2 mounted for internet access by Bernice Kliman (the Enfolded Hamlet) and Michael Best (New Internet Shakespeare Editions). Spelling and punctuation for the most part follow modern practice, though a few early-modern forms have been retained (e.g. corse for corpse). The Quarto spelling of the Queen’s name, Gertrad, has been changed throughout to the customary Gertrude.

This version was prepared by David Evett. Additions and other contributions by Jeffrey Jordan (http://www.hamletregained.com).

Othello Quartos

Othello Quarto 1

Published in 1622 and is of unknown origin due to its many differences to the First Folio.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tamer Tamed

The Woman's Prize, otherwise known as The Tamed Tamed, is generally regarded as to have been written entirely by John Fletcher as sequel to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (1594). Three versions exist: a First Folio (1647), a Second Folio (1679), and a handwritten manuscript by William Lambarde (which is nearly identical to the First Folio edition). Below is the First Folio edition likely performed for the first time in 1611.

Sonnets & Poems

 

The Rape of Lucrece


To the Right Honovrable, Henry Wriothesley, Earle of Southhampton, and Baron of Titchfield.

The loue I dedicate to your Lordship is without end: wherof this Pamphlet without beginning is but a superfluous Moity. The warrant I haue of your Honourable disposition, not the worth of my vntutord Lines makes it assured of acceptance. What I haue done is yours, what I haue to doe is yours, being part in all I haue, deuoted yours. Were my worth greater, my duety would shew greater, meane time, as it is, it is bound to your Lordship; To whom I wish long life still lengthned with all  happinesse.
Your Lordships in all duety.

William Shakespeare.

Venus & Adonis


Vilia miretur vulgus: mihi flauus Apollo
Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.


To the Right Honorable Henrie Wriothesley,
Earle of Southampton, and Baron of Titchfield.

Right Honourable, I know not how I shall offend in dedicating my vnpolisht lines to your Lordship, nor how the worlde will censure mee for choosing so strong a proppe to support so weake a burthen, onelye if your Honour seeme but pleased, I account my selfe highly praised, and vowe to take aduantage of all idle houres, till I haue honoured you with some grauer labour. But if the first heire of my inuention proue deformed, I shall be sorie it had so noble a god-father: and neuer after eare so barren a land, for feare it yeeld me still so bad a haruest, I leaue it to your Honourable suruey, and your Honor to your hearts content, which I wish may alwaies answere your owne wish, and the worlds hopefull expectation.

Your Honors in all dutie,

William Shakespeare.

To the Queen


To the Queen

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