Shakespeare’s World

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Project coordinator: Dr Lisa Smith
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Online since: January 1, 2015

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Public content: Yes
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About the project:

Shakespeare’s World is a collaboration between the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., at Oxford University, and the Oxford English Dictionary of Oxford University Press. In this project we’re inviting you to transcribe manuscripts created by thousands of men and women in and around Shakespeare’s lifetime, 1564–1616. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death, and it’s an opportune time to broaden our understanding of the period in which he and his contemporaries lived. What was it like to live, work, or raise a family in early modern England? What did people eat, what did they wear, and what issues worried them? What were the hot topics of gossip? What did they do for fun? What did they read and how did they travel? Find out all of this and more by transcribing letters, ‘receipt’ (recipe) books in the first phase of the project. Later we’ll add miscellanies, family papers, legal and literary documents. Whatever your interest, there is something here for you!