Introduction

As far as we can know, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), wrote at least 38 plays in a prolific 24-year period that started in approximately 1589 and ended in 1613.

At the turn of this century, Shakespeare was named "Man of the Millennium" in a British poll. Now in a new century, a new millennium, Shakespeare still appears on stages around the globe.

Why is Shakespeare still such a dominant figure? Is it because he writes on timeless issues, such as life and death ... things we can still relate to in the 21st century. Even though some academics might claim him as one of their own, Shakespeare still has something for everyone.


Library resources

On our shelves:

Dewey Numbers

With a number all of his own you can find books by Shakespeare and books about William Shakespeare at 822.33

Keyword Searching

Type in the name of the play, if that is what you are looking for. If you are looking for criticism and interpretation it may be better to click on one of the subject links below.

Subject Headings

Fast facts

The following book from the Biographic series contain 50 defining facts, dates, thoughts, habits and achievements of Shakespeare.


eBooks

Info Base titles. Remember you will need your user name and password to log onto these books.

Online resources:

The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare - free eBook from Project Gutenberg


Collection highlights

These books are held on the Library's non-fiction shelves and may be borrowed:


Reference

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eReserve


Databases (Subscription)

  • eLibrary - General author/title search
  • EbscoHOST

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Web Resources

Online Study Notes


Comedies

Plays

Audio Visual

Play 2 Film

Study notes:

On our shelves:

A Midsummer night's dream

Web Resources

BBC GCSE English Literature

Online Movies


Tragedies

Titles found in the Library

Plays

eBooks

eReserve

Romeo and Juliet

King Lear

Study Notes for King Lear

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Online:

Play 2 Film

You will find below links to some of the film and motion picture adaptations of Shakespeare's plays held in the A.V. collection. For other versions or interpretations you can search in the Library catalogue or ask one of the Library staff or help.

  • Hamlet - Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, 1991
  • Hamlet - Starring Laurence Olivier, Two Cities Films production, 1948
  • King Lear - Starring Laurence Olivier, produced for television, 1983, 2008. Also starring Colin Blakely, Anna Calder-Marshall, Leo McKern and John Hurt
  • Macbeth - Directed by Roman Polanski
  • Othello - With Laurence Fishburne, Warner Brothers, 2003
  • Romeo and Juliet - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines, directed by Baz Luhrmann
  • Romeo and Juliet - Starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Web Resources

BBC GCSE English Literature

Online Movies

Other sources:

King Lear


Histories

Titles found in the Library

Plays

eBooks

Play 2 Film

  • Henry V - Kenneth Branagh, BBC, 1989

Web Resources

Online Movies

 


Sonnets

  • Sonnet 116, 'Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds'
  • Sonnet XXX
  • Sonnet 18, 'Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day'

Web Resources

Online Study Notes

Online Movies