The Folger Shakespeare Library Editions, the most popular Shakespeare texts used in high school classrooms nationwide, are designed to make Shakespeare's plays and poems accessible to all readers.
Each edition features:
- Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
- Scene-by-scene plot summaries
- A key to famous lines and phrases
- An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
- An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
- Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s extensive holdings of rare books
The Folger Shakespeare Library Editions are available in print and electronic formats, including iBooks and Amazon Kindle.
About the editors
Dr. Barbara A. Mowat
Barbara A. Mowat (1934-2017) was the Director of Research Emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, consulting editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and editor (with Paul Werstine) of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare's works. Her major fields of research interest included Shakespeare’s dramatic romances, early modern printed dramatic texts, and Shakespeare’s reading practices. She received an M.A. degree in English literature from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in English literature from Auburn University, and Doctorates of Humane Letters from Amherst College, St. Johns University, and Washington College. Before coming to the Folger, she was Hollifield Professor of English Literature at Auburn University and then Dean of the College at Washington College. She served as president of the Shakespeare Association of America, president of the Southeast Renaissance Conference, chair of the MLA committee on the New Variorum Shakespeare, and was a member of the advisory board of the International Shakespeare Conference.
Dr. Paul Werstine
Paul Werstine is Professor of English in the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University, editor (with Barbara A. Mowat) of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare's works, and general editor (with Richard Knowles of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada—Reno) of the New Variorum Shakespeare, published by the Modern Language Association, for which he is preparing the volume on Romeo and Juliet. He has written extensively about the transmission of early modern English dramatic texts in manuscript and into print, and about the history of editing Shakespeare, including Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and The Editing of Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2012). Dr. Werstine holds an M.A. degree in English literature from Western University and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of South Carolina.