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The New Oxford Shakespeare presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare's works, edited from first principles from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship.

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The online edition brings the content of all three print volumes together as one powerful resource, and is a part of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO). The main OSEO site contains resources that can help you with The New Oxford Shakespeare, including:

Using the New Oxford Shakespeare

If you find yourself in the main OSEO site by accident, you can always get back to the NOS site by going to the OSEO home page and clicking the black New Oxford Shakespeare icon on the left-hand side.

You can browse authors to see a list of all the authors identified by The New Oxford Shakespeare editors as collaborators. Each of these leads to a page that list all the contributions of each author (for example Thomas Middleton), complete with the facility to search only within those contributions.

The New Oxford Shakespeare contains links to images for the appropriate folios and quartos, which are housed in the digital collections of the Bodleian Library, British Library, Folger Library, and Internet Shakespeare at the University of Victoria. If you have access, then you can see an example of this at the beginning of Macbeth. To see these images within the full-text, choose EXTRAS from the panes drop-down in the toolbar; you’ll see the links appear in a new pane on the right.

Use the cog wheel at the top right of any full-text page (in the notes pane) to choose which notes you want to display – or turn all off using the panes dropdown.

Grey highlighting over lines indicate an early deletion from, and sandy highlighting an early addition to, the text.