Releases Oxford Shakespeare on the Web

The Full Text of 37 Plays and 177 Poems Available for Free Reading and Searching

New York — May 9, 2000 — (, the first name in Internet publishing of reference, verse and classic literature, this week releases the 1350-page Oxford Shakespeare for unlimited reading and searching. Ranked as one of the great modern editions of the Immortal Bard’s Complete Works, it takes its place now as the most authoritative Shakespeare freely available on the Internet.   1
  With ample Shakespeare quotations, anthologized verse, literary history and criticism and related works, the Shakespeare collection at becomes the most comprehensive destination for the student, scholar and pleasure reader alike.   2
  “The Oxford Shakespeare both forms a cornerstone and complements our existing library of great books and literary reference,” said Steven van Leeuwen, Publisher and Founder of “However, it also fills a long-felt void on the Internet for an authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Complete Works upon which both students and teachers can rely for accuracy and user-friendliness.”   3
The following comprise the Shakespeare collection:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The 37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse of the Oxford edition are divided into over 1,000 web files that allow for quick access for reading and printing, accurate searches that highlight any key word or words, as well as bibliographic citation that makes use of a unique web-adapted line-numbering system.

Bartlett’s Shakespeare Quotations
Over 1500 quotations from all of Shakespeare’s plays and many poems form the nucleus of John Bartlett’s famous collection.

Anthologized Verse
The editors of the Oxford Book of English Verse and the Golden Treasury present 74 verse selections from Shakespeare’s poems and plays.

Life, Plays, Poems and Bibliography
The great teacher and scholar George Saintsbury created the touchstone for Shakespeare reference with these chapters from the Cambridge History of English Literature.

“Hamlet and His Problems”
T.S. Eliot’s famous essay on Shakespeare’s greatest tragic character.

Tales from Shakespeare
Brother-and-sister writing team Charles and Mary Lamb interweave the words of Shakespeare with their own to bring 20 of his best plays to the young reader.

Headquartered in New York City, began publishing on the web in 1994. Now a leading innovator in the field of electronic publishing, has been widely cited as one of the best reference sites on the web, providing web-based access to such world-class works as The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition; Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition; Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations; and The American Heritage® Book of English Usage. Additional offerings include Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Strunk’s Elements of Style, six classic poetry anthologies, Emily Post’s Etiquette, Bulfinch’s Mythology, as well as The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes, considered a landmark of English and American letters.   5
  Named after the character of Melville’s classic “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” provides millions of students, educators and the intellectually curious with unparalleled access to classics and reference books online.   6
For information contact:      
Steven van Leeuwen,      

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