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Shakespeare website from OUP

Oxford University Press has today (1st December) launched a website devoted to learning about Shakespeare.

The “Illuminating Shakespeare” website, at, will curate the wealth of content on Shakespeare which OUP has published – from school texts to books for general readers to scholarly research – in a series of monthly themes.

Each month’s theme will be introduced with a new video essay by a leading Shakespearean, such as Stanley Wells of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Farah Karim-Cooper of The Globe, and there will be blog essays, infographics, quizzes, and an online Shakespeare dictionary.

The site, aimed at students, schoolteachers, academics, playgoers and anyone interested in Shakespeare’s plays and life, is among the initiatives marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

Sophie Goldsworthy, editorial director at OUP, said: “Oxford has an unmatched line-up of Shakespearean scholarship, online and off, from prestigious scholarly editions to Very Short Introductions, biographies to Oxford World’s Classics texts, via a broad range of rich content in book and journal forms. We are very excited, too, about the launch of the New Oxford Shakespeare in autumn 2016, which promises to be the standard-bearer for future generations of scholars, teachers, readers, and performers.

“We’re delighted to be able to open up such a wealth of content to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and have taken great pleasure in both delving into the archives and commissioning anew to underline the continued relevance of Shakespeare’s works to readers of all kinds.”

Acknowledgements : The Bookseller