Volumes 27-56 of this illustrated series focus on criticism published after 1960 and provide the reader with a thematic approach to Shakespeare's works. An introduction, criticism, annotated bibliography and cumulative index to topics help users organize their research, making diligent inquiry quick and easy. Starting with Vol. 57, the series shifts its focus to coverage of 4-5 plays or works per volume including general criticism published since 1990 and historical criticism not featured in previous volumes. Beginning with Vol. 60 the series will replace its annual compilation of essays representing the year's most noteworthy Shakespearean scholarship with an annual topics volume.