The Collected Works of Shakespeare

Please note: the correct URL to use for this page is as older URLs (those involving psrg, gh or cs) may be decommissioned at any time. Please update your bookmarks.

Serving pages since 1993--the web's oldest Shakespeare site! (The comments on MIT's Shakespeare site notwithstanding, this site is the web's first edition of Shakespeare. The text is based on the same text as the MIT site but came online in October 1993, two months before the MIT site. Interestingly this was pointed out in previous correspondence.)

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2 Henry VI
3 Henry VI
1 Henry VI
Richard III
Richard II
King John
1 Henry IV
2 Henry IV
Henry V
Henry VIII
Titus Andronicus
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar
Timon of Athens
King Lear
Antony and Cleopatra
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Taming of the Shrew
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
Troilus and Cressida
Measure for Measure
All's Well That Ends Well
Pericles Prince of Tyre
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
`A Lover's Complaint'
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Phoenix and The Turtle

The above lists are presented in approximate chronological order of composition within each group.

I picked these up some time ago from a server in England. Some of them required very minor work to be a in a consistent format--Act instead of ACT in some places, for instance--but such things have been fixed. You can browse through the list below or use the search engine to find specific phrases.

The original electronic source for this server is the Complete Moby(tm) Shakespeare, which is freely available online. You may want to read a brief note on differences (on MIT's Shakespeare server) between this version and other versions with which you you may be familiar.

Please note that I am in no way an expert on Shakespeare or his works. I am unable to answer the many (often thinly disguised) requests for help with homework, school essays or reports. This list of other sites may be of more help to you. Please don't contact me with requests like `Where does ``...'' come from?' That's why this page is here.

Please have a browse and sign my visitors' book.

List of plays

Plain text versions of the plays are also available at the top of each play's page. My examination of the HTML files has been cursory, please notify me of any errors/typos you may find. I have split the plays into one file per act with a table of contents (plus a full HTML version and text version) for each file.

Currently you can fetch a gzipped tar-file [2039k] of the complete plain text versions. The plain text for each play is also available from the top of each HTML page.

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