The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1464 Tuesday, 8 August 2000.
From: Benjamin Sher <
Date: Tuesday, 08 Aug 2000 04:04:39 -0500
Subject: Welcome to Sher's Shakespeare Index!
You are invited to visit my Sher's Shakespeare Index, a List of Lists
This Index attempts, insofar as is humanly and mechanically :-) possible
for one person to do so, to present a choice selection from the vast
world of Shakespeare offerings on the Web.
The site is intuitive in its organization and design. I have made every
effort to make the site useful, aesthetically pleasing and
An index of this sort has its natural limitations. That is unavoidable,
and I do hope the indulgent visitor will forgive these shortcomings.
There is simply no way to manually sift through the million plus sites
on Shakespeare currently available on the Web, especially in view of the
fact that this index will be updated on a regular basis.
The Home Page is organized as follows:
A) GENERAL -- Shakespeare's World, which includes four subsections:
Biography, Theater, Renaissance, Multimedia.
B) LITERARY GENRES: The four major categories of Comedies, Histories,
Tragedies and Poetry. Clicking on any of these four links will open up a
page with the individual plays that belong to that genre PLUS a special
section at the top of each genre page called "General Resources," which
is a document listing 1,000 entries that apply to the genre as a whole.
C) INDIVIDUAL PLAYS: Each play (with the exception of the three parts of
Henry VI) is treated separately and extensively. The entries cover every
aspect of the play.
D) FESTIVALS: While Festival announcements may be included among the
1,000 entries per Index page, those who wish may, for a fee, advertise
or promote their Shakespeare Festival more visibly on the Festival
page. Currently, it is under construction. Of course, the Festival
page, along with everything else on the site, will always be freely
available to the viewer.
Each document, i.e. each web page, e.g. "Hamlet" or "Comedies" or
"Biography" (except for "Other Poems" in the Poetry section) contains
1,000 entries. These entries, i.e. Web links, are organized in
accordance with their RELEVANCY score, e.g. 98%, 95%, 86%, etc.
Each document, i.e. Web page, is over one megabyte in size. My
suggestion is TO EXPLORE each page with its 1,000 entries as it
downloads, which it will begin doing almost immediately even on a 28.8
connection. Then, once the entire document is visible on your screen,
you can investigate the results in more detail. On a 56k connection,
which most of you no doubt have, it takes no more than 4 minutes to
download the entire page, i.e. all 1,000 entries. Of course, you may
click on any link immediately, if you wish. No need to wait for the full
For further information or help on navigating the Index, please click on
the "Instructions" link at the top of the Home Page.
Thank you so much.
Hope you enjoy your visit.