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William Shakespeare, a British poet and playwright, is often considered the greatest writer in world literature. William Shakespeare was baptized April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He received at most a grammar-school education, and at age 18 he married a local woman, Anne Hathaway. By 1594 he was apparently a rising playwright in London and an actor in a leading theatre company, the "Lord Chamberlain's Men" (later "King's Men"); the company performed at the Globe Theatre from 1599. Shakespeare retired to Stratford before 1610 and lived as a country gentleman until his death.
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"To be or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?"
(Hamlet III)
Biography

William Shakespeare, a British poet and playwright, is often considered the greatest writer in
world literature.
William Shakespeare was baptized April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He
received at most a grammar-school education, and at age 18 he married a local woman, Anne
Hathaway. By 1594 he was apparently a rising playwright in London and an actor in a leading
theatre company, the "Lord Chamberlain's Men" (later "King's Men"); the company performed at
the Globe Theatre from 1599. Shakespeare retired to Stratford before 1610 and lived as a country
gentleman until his death.
His earliest plays seem to date from the late 1580s to the mid-1590s and include history plays
based on the lives of the English kings, comedies, and the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The plays
apparently written between 1596 and 1600 are mostly comedies. Approximately between 1600
and 1607 he wrote the great tragedies Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear, which mark the
summit of his art. Among his later works are the fantastical romances The Winter's Tale and The
Tempest.
Shakespeare's plays, all of them written largely in iambic pentameter verse, are marked by
extraordinary poetry; vivid, subtle, and complex characterizations; and a highly inventive use of
English. His 154 sonnets, apparently written mostly in the 1590s, often express strong feeling
within an exquisitely controlled form. As with most writers of the time, little is known about his
life and work, and other writers, particularly the 17th earl of Oxford, have frequently been
proposed as the actual authors of his plays and poems. The first collected edition of his plays, or
"First Folio", was published in 1623. 1

1 Britannica Concise Encyclopaedia, s.v. "Shakespeare, William," http://www.search.eb.com/eb/article?tocId=9109536

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Selected Materials Available at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Books


Books by the Author2

E Shakespeare, William. All's Well That Ends Well. Edited by Russell Fraser. The New
Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
BA Call Number: 822.33

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E Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Edited by David Bevington. The New
Cambridge Shakespeare. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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E Shakespeare, William. As you Like it. Edited by Roma Gill. Oxford School
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E Shakespeare, William. The Comedy of Errors. Edited by T. S. Dorsch. The New
Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
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E Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Edited by Stanley Wood. London:
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E Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Edited by Elizabeth Seely, Ken Elliott. Heinemann
Shakespeare. Oxford: Heinemann, 2000.
BA Call Number: 822.33

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Shakespeare, William. Hamlet; Othello. Traduction de Marcel Schwob, Eugène

Morand et François-Victor Hugo. Pocket classiques 6128. Paris: Pocket, 1998.

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E Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Edited by Rajinder Paul. New Delhi: Rama
Brothers, 1998.
BA Call Number: 822.33
G Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Deutsche Ausgaben 26. Bielefeld: Velhagen u.

Klasing, 1930.

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E Shakespeare, William. King Edward III. Edited by Giorgio Melchiori. The New
Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
BA Call Number: 822.33
E Shakespeare, William. The First Part of King Henry IV. Edited by Herbert Weil, and
Judith Weil. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1997.
BA Call Number: 822.33

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Shakespeare, William. The Second Part of King Henry IV. Edited by Giorgio Melchiori.
The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
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E Shakespeare, William. King Henry V. Edited by Andrew Gurr. The New Cambridge
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E Shakespeare, William. King Henry VIII. Edited by John Margeson. The New
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E Shakespeare, William. King John. Edited by Lester A. Beaurline. The New Cambridge
Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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E Shakespeare, William. King Lear. Edited by Kenneth Muir. The Arden Shakespeare.
London: Methuen, 1987.
BA Call Number: 822.33
F Shakespeare, William. Le roi Lear: Texte français et présentation par Jean Gillibert.

Verso. Paris: Phébus, 1992.

BA Call Number: 822.33


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Shakespeare, William. König Lear. Deutsch von Ludwig Tieck. Tempel-Klassiker.

Shakespeares Werke englisch und deutsch. Leipzig: Tempel-Verlag, n.d.

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E Shakespeare, William. Love's Labour's Lost. Edited by Richard David. The Arden
Shakespeare. London: Methuen, 1987.
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E Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Edited by A. R. Braunmüller. The new Cambridge
Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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E Shakespeare, William. Measure for Measure. Edited by Brian Gibbons. The New
Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
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E Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. Edited by Jonathan Morris and Robert
Smith. Cambridge School Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
1992.
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E Shakespeare, William. The Merry Wives of Windsor. Edited by H. J. Oliver. The Arden
Shakespeare. London: Methuen, 1987.
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E Shakespeare, William. A Midsommer Nights Dreame. Edited and Introduced by T.O.
Treadwell. Shakespearean Originals--First Editions. Englewood Cliffs Prentice Hall,
1996.
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E Shakespeare, William. Much Ado about Nothing. Edited by Mary Berry and Michael
Clamp. Cambridge School Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
1992.
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E Shakespeare, William. Othello. Edited by Collin Gray. Heinemann Advanced
Shakespeare. Oxford: Heinemann, 2000.
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Shakespeare, William. Hamlet; Othello. Traduction de Marcel Schwob, Eugène

Morand et François-Victor Hugo. Pocket classiques 6128. Paris: Pocket, 1998.

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E Shakespeare, William. Richard II. Edited by Andrew Worrall. Heinemann Advanced
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E Shakespeare, William. Richard III. Edited by Richard Adams. The Macmillan
Shakespeare. London : Macmillan, 1974.
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E Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Edited by John Seely. Heinemann
Shakespeare. Oxford : Heinemann, 1993.
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Shakespeare, William. Roméo et Juliette; Hamlet. Traduction de François-Victor Hugo.

Oeuvres de William Shakespeare : Drames. Paris: Editions de Cluny, [1939].

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E Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. Edited by Michael Fynes-Clinton
and Perry Mills. Cambridge School Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1992.
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E Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Edited by Rajinder Paul. New Delhi: Rama
Brothers, 1997.
BA Call Number: 822.33
S Shakespeare, William. La tempestad. Traducción y edición Ángel-Luis Pujante.

Colección Austral 401. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, 1998.

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E Shakespeare, William. Timon of Athens. The Plays of William Shakespeare 26. Leipzig:
Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1868.
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E Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus. Edited by J. C. Maxwell. The Arden
Shakespeare. London: Methuen, 1987.
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E Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. Edited by Kenneth Palmer. The Arden
Edition of the Works of William Shakespeare. London: Methuen, 1982.
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E Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night, or What you Will. Edited by Rajinder Paul. New
Delhi: Rama Brothers, 1997.
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E Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Edited by Kurt Schlueter. The
New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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E Shakespeare, William. The Winter's Tale. Edited by Andrew Worrall. Heinemann
Advanced Shakespeare. Oxford: Heinemann, 2000.
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Complete Works


Shakespeare, William. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works. Edited by Stanley Wells and
Gary Taylor. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Shakespeare, William. Shakespeares dramatische Werke.
Nach der Übersetzung von August Wilhelm Schlegel, Philipp Kaufmann und Voss.
Herausgegeben von Max Koch. Stuttgart: J. G. Cotta; Kröner, n.d.
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Books about the Author

Adler, John, ed. Responses to Shakespeare. 8 vols. The History of British Theatre. London:
Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1997.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Bristol, Michael D. Big-Time Shakespeare. London: Routledge, 1996.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Bruster, Douglas. Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare. Cambridge Studies in
Renaissance Literature and Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
BA Call Number: 822.309

Bullough, Geoffrey, ed. Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare. 8 vols. London: Routledge,
1996.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Dollimore, Jonathan, and Alan Sinfield, eds. Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism.
2nd ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Duque, Pedro J. España en Shakespeare: Presencia de España en Shakespeare y su obra. Madrid:
Universidad de Leon, 1991.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Dusinberre, Juliet. Shakespeare and the Nature of Women. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Farley-Hills, David. Shakespeare and the Rival Playwrights 1600-1606. London: Routledge, 1990.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1992.
BA Call Number: 792.0942

Holinshed, Raphael, ed. Holinshed's Chronicle: As Used in Shakespeare's Plays. Everyman's Library
800. London: J.M. Dent, [1927].
BA Call Number: 822.33 B2 (Rare Books)

Honigmann, E. A. J. Myriad-Minded Shakespeare: Essays on the Tragedies, Problem Comedies and
Shakespeare the Man. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Kahn, Coppélia. Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women. Feminist Readings of
Shakespeare. London: Routledge, 1997.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Laroque, François. Shakespeare: Comme il vous plaira. Découvertes Gallimard. Littérature 24. Paris:
Gallimard, 1991.
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Orgel, Stephen. Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare’s England. Cambridge,
UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
BA Call Number: 792.0942031

Pechter, Edward. What was Shakespeare?: Renaissance Plays and Changing Critical Practice. Ithaca:
Cornell University Press, 1995.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Peck, John, and Martin Coyle, eds. How to Study a Shakespeare Play. 2nd ed. Macmillan How to
Study. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Serageldin, Ismail, ed. The Modernity of Shakespeare. Cairo: Cairo University; Washington, DC:
Center for the Global South, American University, 1988.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Vickers, Brian, ed. William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage. Critical Heritage Series. London:
Routledge, 1995.
BA Call Number: 822.33

Wells, Stanley, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies. Cambridge Companions to
Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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