May 22, 2022

The New “Shakespeare Documented” Online Exhibition of Primary Documents Debuts Online

From the “Shakespeare Documented” Web Site:

2016-01-21_17-34-06On the site you will find images, descriptions, and transcriptions of:

  • 103 manuscripts that refer to William Shakespeare by name in his lifetime (spelled in many different ways, which was typical of the period), including four manuscripts signed by him, and one letter addressed to him
  • 89 printed books and manuscripts from Shakespeare’s lifetime that mention or quote his plays or poems, or that refer to him directly or indirectly as a writer
  • 34 Stationers’ Register entries for Shakespeare’s plays and poems, up to and including the First Folio (1623), five of which name him as author
  • 84 printed editions of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, up to and including the First Folio (1623), 62 of which include his name on the title-page or dedicatory leaf
  • More than 100 documents that refer to other members of Shakespeare’s family, including references to Shakespeare’s coat of arms

From a Folger Shakespeare Library Blog Post:

…one of the first initiatives we have planned as part of our year-long [The Wonder of Will, 400 Years of Shakespeare] commemoration is Shakespeare Documented.

When it launches in mid-January, it will be the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare.

While the Folger is coordinating the site, Shakespeare Documented is a multi-institutional collaboration between over thirty contributing institutions in the US and the UK, with the majority of entries coming from the Folger and our main partners: the Bodleian Library, the British Library, The National Archives, and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Much More About the New Resource in the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Shakespeare Documented

See Also: Direct to Many More Online Research Resources From Folger Shakespeare Library

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