Why The New Oxford Shakespeare?

We are publishing The New Oxford Shakespeare to make the very best contemporary scholarship accessible to students. This new Complete Works will help students explore the texts for themselves, setting fire to their imaginations.

Rather than updating previous editions, our editorial team has gone straight to the original printings and manuscripts to prepare the plays and poems. Using the latest research methods, the editors have ensured that the text students use is as accurate and clear as it can possibly be.

When today’s students approach a work of Shakespeare, there are many questions they need to ask: What did Shakespeare write, when did he write it, and where did he collaborate with others? Have multiple versions of the play come down to us, and if so, how do we compare them? How has the text been edited and changed over the centuries? What is the history of its critical interpretation and its performance? Which words have changed their meaning over the past 400 years? The New Oxford Shakespeare addresses precisely these questions.

And we support each play with excellent new materials to help students think for themselves, and to give instructors fresh ways to teach. During 2016, we will provide detailed information about all of these:

We present the works in the order Shakespeare wrote them, so students can see the way his ideas and writing developed.

The New Oxford Shakespeare does not teach students what to think; it teaches them what to think about. They become participants in the debates.”
Terri Bourus, General Editor

The New Oxford Shakespeare will be available in print and also online with a far greater range of resource material.* Students receive twelve-months’ free access to the online edition when they buy the book.

*At the same time as the Modern Critical Edition, we are publishing a Historical Reference Edition and an Authorship Companion, aimed at the graduate and research levels. All of the material from these three books is integrated into the online edition.