The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare
Second Edition   ©2001

The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare

An Introduction with Documents

Russ McDonald

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-24880-6; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-24880-2; Format: Paper Text, 480 pages

Whether you are a student or an educator, the following sites will provide you with a wealth of material about Shakespeare.

Starting Points for Shakespeare Internet Searches

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
All roads may lead to Rome, but all Shakespeare sites lead to this comprehensive index of Shakespeare-related resources on the Internet. Compiled by Terry Gray, this site contains links organized by category, such as Works, Life and Times, Theatre, Criticism, Renaissance, Sources, Educational, and the useful “Best Sites.” Among the many links worth checking out are the Shakespeare Timeline and the Shakespeare Genealogy. Gray also lists links to sites and study guides on specific plays.

Shakespeare Resource Center
This site, designed by J.M. Pressley, provides a brief biography, a short essay on Shakespeare’s works, synopses of the major plays, the text of Shakespeare’s will, a summary of the Elizabethan era, a commentary on Shakespeare’s language, and a reading list – plus links to related sites.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
Find out about the library and its museums, upcoming public events (such as theater productions and poetry readings), and academic resources.

The Life of Shakespeare

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Take a look at historic houses associated with Shakespeare and his family. In the section “About Shakespeare,” read about Shakespeare’s life, his schooling, and Stratford.

Shakespeare’s Life and Times
Michael Best’s extensive website is a valuable resource for information on the following topics: Shakespeare’s life, the stage, society, history, politics, ideas, drama, literature, music, and art. There is an interesting subcategory on Elizabethan English, where you can hear proper Shakespearean pronunciation in a sound recording from Henry IV.

The Authorship Debate

The Shakespeare Oxford Society
The articles on this website support the theory that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the author of Shakespeare’s works.

The Shakespeare Mystery by PBS Frontline
For a more impartial presentation of the authorship question, take a look at this site based on the Frontline program. Find viewer responses to the show, a reading list, updates from both sides, and recent debates.

Performances and Theaters

Shakespeare Examined Through Performance
The “Shakespeare Performance Recipe Book,” containing a variety of performance exercises, is a good resource for those interesting in teaching and staging Shakespeare.


Internet Shakespeare Editions
ISE has annotated, old spelling transcriptions of the plays.

A Sample of Course Websites

See Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet “Educational Sites” for a more complete list.

New Approaches to Renaissance Studies
Rebecca Bushnell’s website for English 330 contains a gallery of images relevant to the course.

Bardology: Introduction to Shakespeare
Designed by Mark Aune, this website offers outlines of lectures on various topics, tips for reading Shakespeare and for writing about Shakespeare, and a filmography.

Shakespeare Journals

Early Modern Literary Studies
Journal of English language and literature during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Shakespeare Bulletin
A peer-reviewed journal of Shakespeare criticism and performance, with a strong emphasis on theater and film.

Shakespeare Quarterly
A peer-reviewed journal founded by the Shakespeare Association of America in 1950; it publishes articles of Shakespeare criticism, historical analysis of Shakespeare’s era, performance reviews, and book reviews.