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The Best Books About Shakespeare

January 31, 2017
The Best Books About Shakespeare

What are the best books about Shakespeare?” We looked at 210 of the top Shakespeare books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Fame and notoriety are fleeting. Try and think who alive today would still be a name that is remembered and talked about 100, 500, and 1,000 years from now.

100 years is pretty easy, there are still tons of people from the early 1900’s that are known and talked about today, so you can figure that at least some political leaders, a few writers, artists and musicians, a scientists or two, and a handful of people from popular culture will be topics of interest and conversation. Think about Charles Lindbergh though, he was one of the biggest celebrities of the last 100 years, and he isn’t exactly a huge topic of interest these days (his Nazi sympathies probably didn’t help, but still). Jumping back 500 years and it gets even harder. There are certainly influential people from that era, but again people aren’t exactly talking about Ivan The Terrible in everyday conversation. Henery VIII, Elizabeth I, Martin Luther, and Copernicus do a bit better, but even then it is probably Da Vinci who is brought up the most in daily conversation today.

As for 1,000 years ago, try and name literally anyone that is still brought up in daily (non-history teacher) conversations. Genghis Khan was 800 years ago, but that is like choosing Napoleon for someone currently alive today. As you go back further it is the same. There are religious figures (Budda, Moses, Sri Krishna), a few rulers (Cleopatra, Ceasar, Alexander The Great), and some thinkers/writers (Confucius, Plato, Socrates, Homer), but even these are spaced hundreds, sometimes thousands of years apart. We may think that with all of the technology around today that more people will be remembered, and there will be better more durable ways of transferring data, but we honestly have no idea who or what will be remembered.

This overly long introduction is all pretty much here, because it seems like books and lists about Shakespeare are incredibly commonplace, and we wanted to highlight how weird that is for someone who wasn’t a religious or political figure and has been dead for a little over 400 years. Practically every writer or actor today will list Shakespeare as an influence, it seems like half the words and phrases we use today were created by the man, and it doesn’t seem like his influence or popularity will be going away anytime soon.

All together we found 210 of the ‘Best Books About Shakespeare’. That doesn’t include the hundreds of additional books released about him over just the last few years, just the cream of the crop. The top 27 books, all appearing on two or more lists, are below with images, links, and summaries. The additional 183 titles, as well as the sources we used, can be found in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to check back later this week for our list of the best books influenced by Shakespeare!

Happy Scrolling!



Top 27 Books About Shakespeare Books



27 .) 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Modern Library
  • Interesting Literature

“1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England
Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.

James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.”

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26 .) 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Telegraph
  • The Independent

“n the years leading up to 1606, Shakespeare’s great productivity had ebbed. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn—King Lear—then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.

It was a memorable year in England as well—a terrorist plot conceived by a small group of Catholic gentry had been uncovered at the last hour. The foiled Gunpowder Plot would have blown up the king and royal family along with the nation’s political and religious leadership. The aborted plot renewed anti-Catholic sentiment and laid bare divisions in the kingdom.

It was against this background that Shakespeare finished Lear, a play about a divided kingdom, then wrote a tragedy that turned on the murder of a Scottish king, Macbeth. He ended this astonishing year with a third masterpiece no less steeped in current events and concerns: Antony and Cleopatra.”

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25 .) A Companion to Shakespeare by David Scott Kastan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Modern Library

“A Companion to Shakespeare is an indispensable book for students and teachers of Shakespeare, indeed for anyone with an interest in his plays.
Contains 28 newly commissioned essays written by the most distinguished historians and literary scholars
Situates Shakespeare in the historical and cultural conditions in which he wrote”

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24 .) Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Bardweb

For more than two hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, no one doubted that he had written his plays. Since then, however, dozens of candidates have been proposed for the authorship of what is generally agreed to be the finest body of work by a writer in the English language. In this remarkable book, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote his plays. Among the doubters have been such writers and thinkers as Sigmund Freud, Henry James, Mark Twain, and Helen Keller. It is a fascinating story, replete with forgeries, deception, false claimants, ciphers and codes, conspiracy theories—and a stunning failure to grasp the power of the imagination.

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23 .) Prefaces to Shakespeare by Harley Granville-Barker

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Modern Library

Harley Granville-Barker’s Prefaces to Shakespeare originally published in five series between 1927 and 1947 covering ten plays are collected in four volumes: Volume I (Hamlet), Volume II (King Lear, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar), Volume III (Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus) and Volume IV (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello). An actor, dramatist, producer and a profound Shakespearean scholar, Granville-Barker brought about a revolution in his Shakespearean productions in the first decade of the twentieth century by recapturing, with his experience and expertise, the spirit and vitality of the plays as they were produced on the Elizabethan stage.

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22 .) Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Bardweb

“A brilliant and companionable tour through all thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare After All is the perfect introduction to the bard by one of the country’s foremost authorities on his life and work.

Drawing on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over the past thirty years, Marjorie Garber offers passionate and revealing readings of the plays in chronological sequence, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. Supremely readable and engaging, and complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times and an extensive bibliography, this magisterial work is an ever-replenishing fount of insight on the most celebrated writer of all time.”

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21 .) Shakespeare and the Popular Voice by Annabel Patterson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Modern Library

In Shakespeare and the Popular Voice Annabel Patterson challenges as counter-intuitive the common opinion that Shakespeare was anti-democratic, contemptuous of the crowd and an unfailing supporter of Elizabethan social hierarchy.

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20 .) Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures with the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Telegraph
  • The Independent

“Shakespeare in Swahililand tells the unexpected literary history of Shakespeare’s influence in East Africa. Beginning with Victorian-era expeditions in which Shakespeare’s works were the sole reading material carried into the interior, the Bard has been a vital touchstone throughout the region. His plays were printed by liberated slaves as one of the first texts in Swahili, performed by Indian laborers while they built the Uganda railroad, used to argue for native rights, and translated by intellectuals, revolutionaries, and independence leaders.

Weaving together stories of explorers staggering through Africa’s interior, eccentrics living out their dreams on the savanna, decadent émigrés, Cold War intrigues, and even Che Guevara, Edward Wilson-Lee―a Cambridge lecturer raised in Kenya―tallies Shakespeare’s influence in Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan. Traveling through these countries, he speaks with everyone from theater directors and academics to soldiers and aid workers, discovering not only cultural dimensions traceable to Shakespeare’s plays but also an overwhelming insistence that these works provide a key insight into the region.”

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19 .) Shakespeare in Ten Acts by Gordon McMullan and Zoe Wilcox

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Telegraph
  • The Independent

Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, it is difficult to imagine a time when he was not considered a genius. But those 400 years have seen his plays banished and bowdlerized, faked and forged, traded and translated, re-mixed and re-cast. Shakespeare’s story is not one of a steady rise to fame; it is a tale of set-backs and sea-changes that have made him the cultural icon he is today. Each performance discussed here holds up a mirror to the era in which it was performed. The first stage appearance by a woman in 1660 and a black actor playing Othello in 1825 were landmarks for society as well as for Shakespeare’s reputation. The book explores productions as diverse as Peter Brook’s legendary A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mark Rylance’s ‘Original Practices’ Twelfth Night, and a Shakespeare forgery staged at Drury Lane in 1796, among many others. The illustrations include the only surviving playscript in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, and rare printed editions including the First Folio. These and other treasures from the British Library’s manuscript and rare book collections feature alongside film stills, costumes, paintings and production photographs.

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18 .) Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Slate

Drawing on an exceptional combination of skills as literary biographer, novelist, and chronicler of London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare–and brings the playwright himself into unusually vivid focus. With characteristic narrative panache, Ackroyd immerses us in sixteenth-century Stratford and the rural landscape–the industry, the animals, even the flowers–that would appear in Shakespeare’s plays. He takes us through Shakespeare’s London neighborhood and the fertile, competitive theater world where he worked as actor and writer. He shows us Shakespeare as a businessman, and as a constant reviser of his writing. In joining these intimate details with profound intuitions about the playwright and his work, Ackroyd has produced an altogether engaging masterpiece.

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17 .) Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Interesting Literature

A landmark achievement as expansive, erudite, and passionate as its renowned author, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. Preeminent literary critic-and ultimate authority on the western literary tradition-Harold Bloom leads us through a comprehensive reading of every one of the dramatist’s plays, brilliantly illuminating each work with unrivaled warmth, wit and insight. At the same time, Bloom presents one of the boldest theses of Shakespearean scholarships: that Shakespeare not only invented the English language, but also created human nature as we know it today.

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16 .) Shakespeare’s Language by Frank Kermode

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Interesting Literature

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15 .) Shakespeare’s Money by Robert Bearman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • International Business Times
  • The Telegraph

There is no doubting Shakespeare’s literary genius, immortalized in his published work. However, statements along these lines are frequently followed by laments of how little is known about this life. This is true if we wish to know about Shakespeare’s movements on even a month-by-month basis, or about his working practices and relationships with his theatrical fellows. However, too great an emphasis on this dearth of material not only leads to ill-informed comment that this is somehow “suspicious” but also tends to downgrade the importance of what material has survived, often dismissed instead simply as evidence of his business dealings which have little bearing on his creative work. However, this material does at least help us to evaluate how successful Shakespeare was in earning a living in a profession which, in his day, was far from mainstream.

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14 .) Shakespeare’s Works & Elizabethan Pronunciation by Fausto Cercignani

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Modern Library

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13 .) Shakespeare’s Binding Language by John Kerrigan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Telegraph
  • The Independent

Shakespeare’s Binding Language gives a freshly researched account of these contexts, but it is focused on the plays. What motives should we look for when characters asseverate or promise? How far is binding language self-persuasive or deceptive? When is it allowable to break a vow? How do oaths and promises structure an audience’s expectations? Across the sweep of Shakespeare’s career, from the early histories to the late romances, this book opens new perspectives on key dramatic moments and illuminates language and action. Each chapter gives an account of a play or group of plays, yet the study builds to a sustained investigation of some of the most important systems, institutions, and controversies in early modern England, and of the wiring of Shakespearean dramaturgy. Scholarly but accessible, and offering startling insights, this is a major contribution to Shakespeare studies by one of the leading figures in the field.

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12 .) Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare’s Plays by Janet Adelman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Modern Library

An original reading of Shakespeare’s plays illuminating his negotiations with mothers, present and absent, and tracing the genesis of Shakespearean tragedy and romance to a psychologized version of the Fall.

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11 .) The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Helen Vendler

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Interesting Literature

Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.

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10 .) The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Telegraph
  • International Business Times

“The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.”

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9 .) The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Slate
  • Five Books

In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster-and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded. In The Lodger Shakespeare, Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but little-known episode in the Bard’s life. Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compellingly detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked amid the bustle of early seventeenth-century London. This elegant, often unexpected exploration presents a new and original look at Shakespeare as he was writing such masterpieces as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear.

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8 .) The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works 2nd Edition by John Jowett; William Montgomery; Gary Taylor and Stanley Wells

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Bardweb

“Hailed by The Washington Post as “”a definitive synthesis of the best editions”” and by The Times of London as “”a monument to Shakespearean scholarship,”” The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard’s work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.

Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is proud to announce a thoroughly updated second edition, including for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More, recognizing these two plays officially as authentic works by Shakespeare. This beautiful collection is the product of years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare’s work. The editors reconsidered every detail of the text in the light of modern scholarship and they thoroughly re-examined the earliest printed versions of the plays, firmly establishing the canon and chronological order of composition. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. This superb volume also features a brief introduction to each work as well as an illuminating General Introduction. Finally, the editors have added a wealth of secondary material, including an essay on language, a list of contemporary allusions to Shakespeare, an index of Shakespearean characters, a glossary, a consolidated bibliography, and an index of first lines of the Sonnets. “

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7 .) The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642 by Andrew Gurr

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Modern Library
  • Bardweb

For almost forty years The Shakespearean Stage has been considered the liveliest, most reliable and most entertaining overview of Shakespearean theatre in its own time. It is the only authoritative book that describes all the main features of the original staging of Shakespearean drama in one volume: the acting companies and their practices, the playhouses, the staging and the audiences. Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition contains fresh materials about how specific plays by Shakespeare were first staged, and provides new information about the companies that staged them and their playhouses. The book incorporates everything that has been discovered in recent years about the early modern stage, including the archaeology of the Rose and the Globe. Also included is an invaluable appendix, listing all the plays known to have been performed at particular playhouses and by specific companies.

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6 .) Worlds Elsewhere by Andrew Dickson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Telegraph
  • International Business Times

“Ranging ambitiously across four continents and four hundred years, Worlds Elsewhere is an eye-opening account of how Shakespeare went global. Seizing inspiration from the playwright’s own fascination with travel, foreignness, and distant worlds―worlds Shakespeare never himself explored―Andrew Dickson takes us on an extraordinary journey: from Hamlet performed by English actors tramping through the Baltic states in the early sixteen hundreds to the skyscrapers of twenty-first-century Beijing and Shanghai, where “Shashibiya” survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution to become a revered Chinese author.

En route, Dickson traces Nazi Germany’s strange love affair with, and attempted nationalization of, the Bard, and delves deep into the history of Bollywood, where Shakespearean stories helped give birth to Indian cinema. In Johannesburg, we discover how Shakespeare was enlisted in the fight to end apartheid. In nineteenth-century California, we encounter shoestring performances of Richard III and Othello in the dusty mining camps and saloon bars of the Gold Rush.”

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5 .) Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary and Language Companion by David and Ben Crystal

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Modern Library

A vital resource for scholars, students and actors, this book contains glosses and quotes for over 14,000 words that could be misunderstood by or are unknown to a modern audience. Displayed panels look at such areas of Shakespeare’s language as greetings, swear-words and terms of address. Plot summaries are included for all Shakespeare’s plays and on the facing page is a unique diagramatic representation of the relationships within each play.

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4 .) William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems by E. K. Chambers

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Five Books
  • Modern Library

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3 .) Shakespeare’s Lives by Samuel Schoenbaum

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Slate
  • Five Books
  • Modern Library

When S. Schoenbaum’s Shakespeare’s Lives first appeared over twenty years ago, critics enthusiastically hailed it as a triumph of wit and scholarship. Stanley Wells, the editor of Shakespeare’s complete works, called it “an extraordinary achievement….fluent, vivid, and intelligent.” Writing in the Saturday Review, Benjamin DeMott described Shakespeare’s Lives as “a superbly informed, elegantly composed, intensely readable book,” while Terry Eagleton remarked on its “shrewd intelligence.” Schoenbaum’s study of the changing images of Shakespeare throughout history broke important new ground; but in the years since this book first appeared many scholars have followed his lead, and Shakespeare studies has progressed by leaps and bounds. Now, Schoenbaum, one of “the heroes of Shakespeare scholarship,” according to Wells, has revised and up-dated this classic study of Shakespeare and his biographers, taking account of the most recent scholarship, adding a chapter on “Recent Lives,” and abridging certain sections.

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2 .) Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Clear Shakespeare
  • Interesting Literature
  • Modern Library

A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world’s greatest playwright.

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1 .) The Genius of Shakespeare by Jonathon Bates

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bardweb
  • Interesting Literature
  • International Business Times
  • Modern Library
  • The Independent

This fascinating book by one of Britain’s most acclaimed Shakespeare scholars explores the extraordinary staying-power of the world’s most famous dramatist. Bate opens by taking up questions of authorship and then goes on to trace Shakespeare’s canonization and near-deification, examining not only the uniqueness of his status among English-speaking readers but also his effect on literary cultures across the globe. Ambitious, wide-ranging, and historically rich, this book shapes a provocative inquiry into the nature of genius as it ponders the legacy of a talent unequalled in English letters. A bold and meticulous work of scholarship, The Genius of Shakespeare is also lively and accessibly written and will appeal to any reader who has marveled at the Bard and the enduring power of his work. This tenth anniversary edition has a new twenty-page afterword that addresses the renewed interest in Shakespeare and recent film adaptations of his most celebrated works.

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The #28-210 Additional Books About Shakespeare



 

# Books Author Lists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
28 A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare edited by Dympna Callaghan Modern Library
29 A Glossary of Shakespeare’s Sexual Language Gordon Williams Modern Library
30 A Natural Perspective: The Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance Northrop Frye Modern Library
31 A New History of Early English Drama edited by J. D. Cox and D. S. Kastan Modern Library
32 A Shakespeare Glossary Charles T. Onions Today In Literature
33 A Short History of Shakespearean Criticism Arthur M Eastman Bardweb
34 A short life of Shakespeare: With the sources E Chambers Bardweb
35 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 Clear Shakespeare
36 Actors on Shakespeare Modern Library
37 After Shakespeare John Gross Modern Library
38 All Night Awake Sarah A. Hoyt Flashlight Worthy
39 Alternative Shakespeares (New Accents) John Drakakis Bardweb
40 An Introduction to Shakespeare: The Dramatist in His Context Peter Hyland Bardweb
41 Ariel Grace Tiffany Flashlight Worthy
42 Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare Clear Shakespeare
43 Captive Victors: Shakespeare’s Narrative Poems and Sonnets Heather Dubrow Modern Library
44 Coffee with Shakespeare Stanley Wells, foreword Flashlight Worthy
45 Development of Shakespeare’s Theater (AMS Studies in the Renaissance) John H Astington Bardweb
46 Disowning Knowledge in Seven Plays of Shakespeare Stanley Cavell Modern Library
47 Doing Shakespeare Simon Palfrey Modern Library
48 Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England Kim Hall The Guardian
49 Clamorous Voices: Shakespeare’s Women Today Modern Library
50 Elizabethan Drama: Eight Plays John and William Green Gassner Bardweb
51 Endeavors of Art: A Study of Form in Elizabethan Drama Madeleine Doran Modern Library
52 English Authors Series: William Shakespeare: His Life and Times (Twayne’s English Authors Series) Dennis Kay Bardweb
53 Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on Tragedies Maynard Mack Bardweb
54 Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama Karen Newman The Guardian
55 Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy (Alexander Lectures) Northrop Frye Bardweb
56 Forms of Nationhood: The Elizabethan Writing of England Richard Helgerson The Guardian
57 Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays David P Gontar Bardweb
58 Hamlet: A User’s Guide Michael Pennington Modern Library
59 Hamlet’s Advice to the Players Peter Hall Modern Library
60 Highbrow/Lowbrow Clear Shakespeare
61 Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare’s England Stephen Orgel Modern Library
62 In Search of Shakespeare Michael Wood Modern Library
63 Ink and Steel of the Promethean Age Elizabeth Bear Flashlight Worthy
64 Interred with Their Bones Jennifer Lee Carrell Flashlight Worthy
65 King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition and Tragedy Stephen Booth Modern Library
66 Literary Fat Ladies: Rhetoric Patricia Parker Modern Library
67 Making Shakespeare: From Stage to Page Tiffany Stern Modern Library
68 Mistress Shakespeare Karen Harper Flashlight Worthy
69 My Father Had a Daughter: Judith Shakespeare’s Tale Grace Tiffany Flashlight Worthy
70 Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare edited by Geoffrey Bullough Modern Library
71 Nothing Like the Sun Anthony Burgess Flashlight Worthy
72 On Shakespeare’s Sonnets Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann The Telegraph
73 Ophelia Lisa Klein Flashlight Worthy
74 Outlines of the Life of Shakespeare James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps Five Books
75 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Peter Holland Five Books
76 Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation David Crystal The Telegraph
77 Performance Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare Edward L. Rocklin Modern Library
78 Players of Shakespeare edited by Robert Smallwood Modern Library
79 Playing Shakespeare John Barton Modern Library
80 Politics J. Leeds Barroll Modern Library
81 Power on Display: The Politics of Shakespeare’s Genres (Routledge Library Editions: Shakespeare) Leonard Tennenhouse Bardweb
82 Recovering Shakespeare’s Theatrical Vocabulary Alan Dessen Modern Library
83 Rehearsal From Shakespeare to Sheridan Tiffany Stern Modern Library
84 Reinventing Shakespeare: A Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present Gary Taylor Modern Library
85 Robert, Earl of Essex Robert Lacey Today In Literature
86 Shakespeare Brian Vickers Modern Library
87 Shakespeare Peter Mack Modern Library
88 Shakespeare Alvin Kernan Modern Library
89 Shakespeare Ania Loomba Modern Library
90 Shakespeare Robin Headlam Wells Modern Library
91 Shakespeare Among the Moderns Richard Halpern The Guardian
92 Shakespeare and Comedy R. W. Maslen Modern Library
93 Shakespeare and Gender: A History Deborah E. Barker Bardweb
94 Shakespeare and Masculinity Bruce Smith Modern Library
95 Shakespeare and Music David Lindley Modern Library
96 Shakespeare and Ovid Jonathan Bate Modern Library
97 Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics Andrew Hadfield Modern Library
98 Shakespeare and the Arts of Language Clear Shakespeare
99 Shakespeare and the Drama of His Time Martin Wiggins Modern Library
100 Shakespeare and the Energies of Drama Michael Goldman Bardweb
101 Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference John Gillies Modern Library
102 Shakespeare and the Idea of the Play Anne Righter Modern Library
103 Shakespeare and the Jews James Shapiro Modern Library
104 Shakespeare and the Nature of Man Theodore Spencer Modern Library
105 Shakespeare and the Problem of Meaning Norman Rabkin Modern Library
106 Shakespeare and the Rhetoricians Marion Trousdale Modern Library
107 Shakespeare and Women Phyllis Rackin Modern Library
108 Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist. Lukas Erne Slate
109 Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context Patricia Parker The Guardian
110 Shakespeare in Love: Screenplay Tom Stoppard, Marc Norman Flashlight Worthy
111 Shakespeare in Warwickshire Mark Eccles Bardweb
112 Shakespeare Is Hard Fintan O’Toole Modern Library
113 Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, Volume 1 (A-M) Alexander Schmidt Today In Literature
114 Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, Volume 2 (N-Z) Alexander Schmidt Today In Literature
115 Shakespeare on Film Jack Jorgens Bardweb
116 Shakespeare the Thinker A. D. Nuttall Modern Library
117 Shakespeare Thinking Philip Davis Modern Library
118 Shakespeare Verbatim: The Reproduction of Authenticity and the 1790 Apparatus Margreta de Grazia The Guardian
119 Shakespeare Without Women Dympna Callaghan The Guardian
120 Shakespeare: A Biographical Handbook (Yale Shakespeare Supplements) G Bentley Bardweb
121 Shakespeare: A Life Park Honan Modern Library
122 Shakespeare: His Life, His Language, His Theater Sam Schoenbaum Bardweb
123 Shakespeare: His Life, Work, and Era Dennis Kay Bardweb
124 Shakespeare: The Director’s Cut Michael Bogdanov Modern Library
125 Shakespeare: The Evidence : Unlocking the Mysteries of the Man and His Work Ian Wilson Bardweb
126 Shakespeare: The Lost Years E Honigmann Bardweb
127 Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Eminent Lives) Bill Bryson Interesting Literature
128 Shakespeare’s Gardens Jackie Bennett International Business Times
129 Shakespeare’s Language: An Introduction N Blake Bardweb
130 Shakespeare’s Personality Norman Holland Bardweb
131 Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Yale Nota Bene) Stephen Booth Bardweb
132 Shakespeare’s Stagecraft J Styan Bardweb
133 Shakespeare’s Books Stuart Gillespie Modern Library
134 Shakespeare’s Comedies edited by Emma Smith Modern Library
135 Shakespeare’s Dramatic Genres Lawrence Danson Modern Library
136 Shakespeare’s English Kings Peter Saccio Modern Library
137 Shakespeare’s Festive Comedies C. L. Barber Modern Library
138 Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Emma Smith The Telegraph
139 Shakespeare’s Imagery and What It Tells Us Caroline Spurgeon Interesting Literature
140 Shakespeare’s Imagination E. A. Armstrong Modern Library
141 Shakespeare’s Metrical Art George T. Wright Modern Library
142 Shakespeare’s Non-Standard English: A Dictionary of His Informal Language N. F. Blake Modern Library
143 Shakespeare’s Plutarch T. J. B. Spencer Modern Library
144 Shakespeare’s Professional Career Peter Thomson Modern Library
145 Shakespeare’s Reading Robert Miola Modern Library
146 Shakespeare’s Scepticism Graham Bradshaw Modern Library
147 Shakespeare’s Shakespeare: How the Plays were Made John C. Meagher Modern Library
148 Shakespeare’s Sonnets Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells Modern Library
149 Shakespeare’s Wordplay M. M. Mahood Modern Library
150 Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England Stephen Greenblatt Bardweb
151 Shakespearean Sentences: A Study in Style and Syntax John Porter Houston Bardweb
152 Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth (New Penguin Shakespeare Library) A. C. Bradley Interesting Literature
153 Shakespeares America Michael D Bristol Bardweb
154 Shakespearian Romance Howard Felperin Bardweb
155 Shylock Is my Name Howard Jacobson The Telegraph
156 Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities Jonathan Goldberg The Guardian
157 Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare Jonathan Bate Interesting Literature
158 Speaking Shakespeare Patsy Rodenburg Modern Library
159 Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles Phyllis Rackin Modern Library
160 Tales from Shakespeare: Children’s Classics Charles and Mary Lamb Lamb Bardweb
161 The Action to the Word: Structure and Style in Shakespearean Tragedy David Young Bardweb
162 The Actor and the Text Cicely Berry Modern Library
163 The Archaeology of Shakespeare Jean Wilson Modern Library
164 The Authorship of Shakespeare’s Plays Jonathan Hope Modern Library
165 The Bard in Brief: Shakespeare in Quotations Hannah Manktelow The Independent
166 The Body Embarrassed: Drama and the Disciplines of Shame Gail Paster The Guardian
167 The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies (Cambridge Companions to Literature) Stanley Wells Bardweb
168 The Case for Shakespeare: The End of the Authorship Question Scott McCrae Bardweb
169 The Comic Matrix of Shakespeare’s Tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear Susan Snyder Bardweb
170 The Complete Works of Shakespeare (7th Edition) David Bevington Bardweb
171 The Development of Shakespeare’s Imagery Wolfgang Clemen Modern Library
172 The Elizabethan Stage: 4-volume set E Chambers Bardweb
173 The Eloquent Shakespeare: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works Clear Shakespeare
174 The Jacobean and Caroline Stage: Plays and Playwrights G Bentley Bardweb
175 The Language of Shakespeare G. L. Brook Modern Library
176 The Mediaeval Stage (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) E Chambers Bardweb
177 The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy William C Carroll Bardweb
178 The Motives of Eloquence: Literary Rhetoric in the Renaissance Richard A. Lanham Modern Library
179 The Mysterious William Shakespeare: The Myth & the Reality Charlton Ogburn Bardweb
180 The North Face of Shakespeare: Activities for Teaching the Plays James Stredder Modern Library
181 The Origins of Shakespeare Emrys Jones Bardweb
182 The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare Michael Dobson (Editor), Stanley Wells (Editor) Today In Literature
183 The Problem of Order: Elizabethan Political Commonplaces and an Example of Shakespeare’s Art E. W. Talbert Modern Library
184 The Reduced Shakespeare Co. presents The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr Daniel Singer, Jess Borgeson, William Shakespeare, Adam Long Flashlight Worthy
185 The Repertory of Shakespeare’s Company Roslyn Knutson Modern Library
186 The Riverside Shakespeare, 2nd Edition G Evans Bardweb
187 The Rough Guide to Shakespeare Andrew Dickson Modern Library
188 The Shakespeare Country E Coster Bardweb
189 The Shakespeare Stealer Series Gary Blackwood Flashlight Worthy
190 The Shakespeare Wars Slate
191 The Sources of Shakespeare’s Plays (Routledge Library Editions: Shakespeare) Kenneth Muir Bardweb
192 The Turquoise Ring Grace Tiffany Flashlight Worthy
193 The Woman’s Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare Carolyn Lenz Bardweb
194 The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 James Shapiro Interesting Literature
195 Thinking Shakespeare Brian Kulick, Karin Coonrod, Michael Kahn, and Barry Edelstei Slate
196 Time’s Fool: A Mystery of Shakespeare Leonard Tourney Flashlight Worthy
197 Ungentle Shakespeare: Scenes from his Life Katherine Duncan-Jones Modern Library
198 Unreading Shakespeare David P Gontar Bardweb
199 Will Grace Tiffany Flashlight Worthy
200 Will and Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life Dominic Dromgoole Modern Library
201 William Shakespeare Terry Eagleton Bardweb
202 William Shakespeare & Robert Greene: The Evidence William Hall Chapman Today In Literature
203 William Shakespeare: A Biography A Rowse Bardweb
204 William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life (Oxford Paperbacks) Sam Schoenbaum Bardweb
205 William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence John F Andrews Bardweb
206 William Shakespeare: Records and Images Sam Schoenbaum Bardweb
207 William Shakspere’s Small Latine and Lesse Greeke T. W. Baldwin Modern Library
208 Women as Hamlet Tony Howard Modern Library
209 Year of the King Antony Sher Modern Library
210 Young Shakespeare Russell Fraser Modern Library


12 Best Shakespeare Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Bardweb A Shakespearean Reading List
Clear Shakespeare Best Shakespeare Books
Five Books James Shapiro recommends the best books on Shakespeare biographies
Flashlight Worthy Shakespeare in Fiction
Interesting Literature The Best Books about Shakespeare
International Business Times Shakespeare 400th anniversary: Best new books celebrating England’s greatest playwright
Modern Library 100+ of the Best Books on Shakespeare
Slate Shakespeare for Everyone
The Guardian Professor Jean E Howard’s top 10 books on Shakespeare from the 90s
The Independent Shakespeare 400th anniversary: 6 best books
The Telegraph To read or not to read: the 10 best new books on Shakespeare
Today In Literature William Shakespeare – Life Stories, Books, and Links

 

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