British Library Puts Shakespeare Quartos Online

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Opening page of the 1603 Halliwell-Philipps copy of the first quarto of Hamlet -- complete with a red stamp reading "British Musem." Courtesy British Library hide caption

View Each of the 93 Quarto Copies at the British Library Online
itoggle caption Courtesy British Library

For hundreds of years, only scholars and museum curators have had access to the "Quartos," the earliest printed editions of Shakespeare's plays. But the British Library has just put 93 Quartos on the Internet, leading to what NPR's Bob Mondello says is much ado about Shakespeare on the Web.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.