The Best Books about Shakespeare

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I’m re-posting this to give myself a nice easy-to-access reading list…

Interesting Literature

Our pick of the ten best biographies and other books about the Bard which everyone should read

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been offered a publishing deal – purportedly worth £500,000 – to write a book about Shakespeare to be published next year for the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 2016. But plenty of other books about Shakespeare will be appearing over the next year to coincide with this event, many written by Shakespeare scholars. With a new book by renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro being published this year (The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606), we thought it was time we offered our pick of the best books about William Shakespeare: the best introductions to his life and his work. The following is not designed to be an exhaustive list, but many of these books were written by leading Shakespeare scholars and each contains…

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