Open Shakespeare

It’s always nice to make new friends, especially when you share common interests.

I’ve just spent the morning perusing the fabulous “Open Shakespeare” project’s website and am here to report that these people get it right.

How they make a living at it, I have no idea… but the volunteer–based effort is dedicated to widening the Bard’s appeal to one and all. I especially love that they’re helping bridge the ever-widening gulf between sound academic scholarship (at least till I get involved) and public (if it’s on the net, it’s free) interest.

You can access all of of Shakespeare’s works here. Really! Shakespeare’s Canon — Fire Away.

Later on, once I have a more comprehensive grasp on their offerings, I’ll be posting their “Words of the Week” feature as well as riffing some background material on the plays, so you won’t have to put up with my willful ignorance. Or at least you’ll have a choice.

Because I’m a goof for language, I’m excited about their textual comparisons (the French Hamlet — oo la la). Though I wonder if anybody over there caught the bawdy “Open Shakespeare Package” reference in their About section.

Hey — they warned me about the sexual nature of the Sonnets. Can I help it if I’m now aroused?

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