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Abbreviations and Notations

For the sake of brevity and consistency, the site uses the system of sigla and abbreviations from The New Variorum Shakespeare Handbook (2003). Most should be self-explanatory, but for the confused, click on the link above. 

Public Domain

Virtually every link to a web version of a historic Shakespeare text utilizes one in the public domain. The occasional .pdf file of an otherwise unavailable volume is made accessible for educational, nonprofit reasons under the doctrine of fair use. 

Visual Issues

Most of the documents included are scanned and not always of museum quality.  Links to diverse materials are unfortunately small because of the .html platform used here.

This site is a work in progress. Links to missing volumes will be added as they are discovered.  Feel free to contact me about this.

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Dr. M.L. Stapleton

Chapman Distinguished Professor of English

Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN, 46805

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