April 23, 1564, is believed to be the renowned William Shakespeare’s birthday. Shakespeare would go on to become one of the world’s most influential playwrights and poets, and his works are still performed and studied worldwide more than 400 years after his death. Bloom’s Literature’s Shakespeare Center is an ideal, one-stop resource for students and educators celebrating the birthday of the Bard. In one convenient location, it houses a treasure trove of multimedia content on all things Shakespeare, including detailed analysis and scholarly criticism of his works; the full, searchable text of all of his plays, sonnets, and longer poems; performance videos; extensive background essays; research and writing advice; and more.
Highlights of Bloom’s Literature’s Shakespeare Center:
- Easy access to complete Shakespeare content: Every play is covered in depth, along with the sonnets and longer poems, providing a complete research and study center for students and a robust repository of content for educators to use for lesson planning, assignments, and classes.
- Extensive background material: Comprehensive essays and articles provide history and context to Shakespeare’s life, times, and impact—covering topics including society and culture in Shakespeare’s day, other writers of Shakespeare’s day, the history of the Shakespeare authorship controversy, and more.
- Coverage of each play includes:
- The full, searchable text of the play
- Analysis of key passages
- Critical articles by noted scholars, selected by Harold Bloom
- Introduction and background
- Detailed synopses
- In-depth character studies
- Difficulties of the play
- The play today
- Full-length performance videos and/or critical videos
- Images and illustrations
- “How to Write about” articles
- Essay topics/discussion questions
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