The Folger Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare, the successor to the groundbreaking Folger Digital Texts, offers meticulously edited versions of Shakespeare’s plays and poems in a clear, readable format with the added power of sophisticated coding. Our texts—including full source code—can also be downloaded for free in PDF and XML formats for noncommercial use.

Read, search, and enjoy

The plays and poems in The Folger Shakespeare are taken from the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions, edited by scholars Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine and published by Simon & Schuster.

The Folger Shakespeare has the same page numbers and layouts as the Folger print editions, so it’s simple to use the two together. The site's clean, elegant display is customized for desktop, tablet, and mobile viewing. The site also features extensive search options, including the ability to search multiple texts for a phrase or word.

Download the code

Powerful coding works behind the scenes makes the plays and poems easy to read, search, and index—and lays the groundwork for new features in the future.

The full source code of the texts may be downloaded by researchers and developers for free—a major time-saver for scholarly research, app development, and other projects.

Our coded texts offer enduring value for digital humanities research into the works of Shakespeare and other writers of his time.

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