My Favorite Shakespeare Books

I read a hundred or more books every year (give or take; see this post), and in addition to a few Shakespeare plays every year, I also love to read books about Shakespeare and related subjects. So what are my favorites, you ask? Thanks for asking. Here is a list of seven (in no particular order):

  1. The Year of Lear (Shapiro), an engrossing book about just one year–1606, in which Shakespeare was at the height of his powers, writing King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra.
  2. Think on My Words (Crystal), focusing on Shakespeare’s words. Hence, the title.
  3. The Daughter of Time (Tey), a page-turner, the story of a modern cop investigating the centuries-old mystery of Richard III and the princes in the tower.
  4. The Millionaire and the Bard (Mays), about Henry Folger and his obsession with acquiring Shakespeareana (didn’t know that was a word, did you?), particularly First Folios.
  5. Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Bryson). Bill Bryson writes masterfully, and never more so than when he is writing about Shakespeare.
  6. Soul of the Age (Bate), a biography of the mind of William Shakespeare by one of the world’s leading Shakespeare authorities.
  7. Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible (Teems). My friend David Teems wrote this fascinating about the king who made Shakespeare a groom of the crown and also commissioned the King James Version of the Bible.

I recommend them all. There are so many great books on Shakespeare, his times, his contemporaries, his plays, etc., that it’s ludicrous to choose just seven. But I did it. So there.




About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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