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Google Searches Bard, Finds Yorick’s Skull

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Google launched a new function in conjunction with its Book Search, one that celebrates, not relegates, a bard without besmirch. Shakespeare, in high school you were never easy, as we emulated with poems that to the ear and eye were cheesy. Like this one.

Google released a tribute to William Shakespeare, the wordiest wordmeister there ever was (until Faulkner came along, anyway), on the 50th anniversary of Manhattan’s Shakespeare in the Park.

The bard now has his own webpage equipped with Google Book Search that allows fans (and downtrodden teenagers who don’t speak Elizabethan verse) to search within Shakespeare’s “oevre.” Click here for a definition. Wordy literary types, you know?

The page is in tab form with genres like “Comedy,” “Tragedy,” “Romance,” and “History,” so Shakespearean scholars can get lost in quotes like:

“Be not afraid of greatness.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”

Each tab highlights a list of works and provides quotes from them. Users can browse through the plays or be directed to where they can buy a copy.

Read Google’s disclaimer in a really fast radio lawyer voice:

Note that some print versions of Shakespeare’s plays may not be in the public domain everywhere in the world. Where copyright status is in question, we protect the publisher by showing the Snippet View.

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