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Major Site Redesign - Phase II In Progress

The rollout of the final part of Phase II is underway! Authors and their works will be separated into distinct pages, and each page will be able to have multiple tabs for presenting information. I'm currently planning to use "Works" for a list of an author's works, "Links" for links to etexts and Amazon.com copies of a particular work, "About" for very brief biographical information or summaries of works, and "Resources" for online or for-sale study guides and other helps.

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I will be moving additional pages and works to the new format as I have time. Currently the old and new formats exist side-by-side, so the links in the index lists will take you to the format corresponding to the author or work selected (trying to make sure I could roll this out one author at a time while keeping everything accessible from any page has been a major reason why the process has taken so long).

New pages from this point forward will mostly just have Works or Links tabs populated; once I get all of the authors and works moved to the new format, I will start working on adding "About" information and resource links.


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The Prince (c. 1505-1515; pub. 1532)
The Praise of Folly (1509)
Orlando Furioso (1516; rev. 1521&1532)
Utopia (1516)
Ninety-Five Theses (1517)
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520)
On Christian Liberty (1520)
To the Christian Nobility (1520)
Concerning the Bondage of the Will (1525)
The Courtier (1528)
Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy (pub. 1531)
Gargantua and Pantagruel (pub.c. 1532-1564)
Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)
Spiritual Exercises (c. 1541)
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (1543)
The Book of Common Prayer (1549)
Table-Talk (pub. 1566)
The Way of Perfection (c. 1566)
Essays (Montaigne) (1575)
Interior Castle (1577)
The Ascent of Mt. Carmel (c. 1585)
The Dark Night of the Soul (c. 1588)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (c. 1589-1591)
The Taming of the Shrew (c. 1590-1591)
The First Part of King Henry the Sixth (1591)
The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth (1591)
The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth (c. 1591-1592)
Titus Andronicus (c. 1591-1592)
King Richard the Third (c. 1592-1593)
Doctor Faustus (1593?; pub. 1604)
Venus and Adonis (1593)
The Comedy of Errors (1594)
Edward the Second (1594)
The Rape of Lucrece (1594)
Love's Labour's Lost (c. 1594-1595)
The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (pub. 1594-1662)
Poems (Donne) (c. 1595-1631)
Romeo and Juliet (1595)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
King Richard the Second (1595)
Prothalamion (1596)
The Faerie Queene (1596)
King John (1596)
The Merchant of Venice (c. 1596-1597)
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth (c. 1596-1597)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597)
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth (c. 1597-1598)
Much Ado About Nothing (c. 1598-1599)
The Passionate Pilgrim (1599)
Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music (1599)
The Life of King Henry the Fifth (1599)
Julius Caesar (1599)
As You Like It (c. 1599-1600)
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (c. 1599-1601)
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