James Shapiro Picks The Best Shakespeare Biographies

Thanks to Julia from The Browser for this link to their interview with James Shapiro, who we’ve mentioned once or twice in the past. The author of Contested Will lays out his picks for the 5 best biographies of Shakespeare, with lengthy explanation of why.
I just got the link and have not had time to fully grok the list, but I do recognize the name E K Chambers and I think I even have Nicholl’s The Lodger on my Kindle, I’ll have to double check. But other than that, I don’t recognize a single entry. Love it when I learn stuff!

2 thoughts on “James Shapiro Picks The Best Shakespeare Biographies

  1. Oh, I'm reading James's "1599" and loving it.
    Thank you for the link.

  2. I haven't read Peter Holland's entry on Shakespeare in the Oxford Dictionary of Biography, but he has an excellent book out called "English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990's." I've also had the pleasure of meeting him in person, and he's a very personable and (of course) brilliant man. So is James Shapiro, incidentally, whom I haven't met but have exchanged emails with.

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