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William  Shakespeare

short profile

works by Wm. Shakespeare
works about WS's works
works about WS's England

works by other authors

non-fiction about Wm. Shakespeare

fiction about Wm. Shakespeare

links • festivals

          color portrait of Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616]

This page began as part of the 'Shakespeare On Film' Festival at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store
and was cut to a separate page here at Spirit of America Bookstore in early 2014.

'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Page One: top of page • short profile • Shakespeare on Film - books
'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Pages One & Two: Shakespeare on Film - selected movies & TV
'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Page Three: top of page • Queen Elizabeth I • Elizabeth I Film Festival

        English poet and playwright William Shakespeare is believed born 23 April 1564 (based on a baptismal record of 26 April) in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His father John was a successful local tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was of the gentry. Will married Anne Hathaway on 28 November 1582 – he was 18, she was 26 and 3 months pregnant. His first child, Susanna, was baptised at Stratford on 26 May 1583; twin children – son Hamnet & daughter Judith – were baptised on 2 February 1585; Hamnet died in 1596.
        Will's early writing career is undocumented, but his first authenticated plays are dated to 1590. Scholars argue over the details, but Will wrote about thirty-eight plays, about 154 sonnets, and a variety of other poems. Will was a popular actor and playwright (then often a collaborative job) in London, known to have moved to Bishopsgate area of London in 1598. He was member and part-owner of the theater company The Lord Chamberlain's Men (named for its patron), which evolved after the death of Elizabeth I into The King's Men (named for patron King James I).
        Will and the Lord Chamberlain's Men operated at the Curtain Theater [est. 1577] in Shoreditch, London from 1597 to 1599, when they moved to the newly-built Globe Theater in Southwark, London. (Archeological remains of the Curtain Theater were discovered in June 2012: see news story.) The theater company owned the Globe Theater: built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613 (ignited from a cannon-blast during a play), rebuilt in 1614, closed by edict in 1642, torn down in 1644.

        Will apparently became wealthy thru dealings in grain during a 15-year famine; he was prosecuted in 1598 for hoarding. Along with his successful career in the theater, he acquired funds enough to own a house in Blackfriars, London and the second-largest house in Stratford. He seems to have retired to Stratford in 1613, where he died on 23 April 1616. He was buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon; his widow died in 1623.

        William Shakespeare was popular and successful in his lifetime, but the closing of all theaters in Britain in 1642 left playwrights & actors of the time in obscurity. Will's reputation was restored in the XIXth Century, largely by touring acting companies & actors such as Thomas Keene, so that Will is now generally considered the greatest writer in the English language. He is also considered the English national poet, often referred to as the 'Bard of Avon'.
        While a few of Shakespeare's plays were published earlier, the basis for most texts is the posthumous First Folio of 1623. (The precise wording and spelling and punctuation of works of the time are often uncertain.) All but two of his sonnets were published in 1609.

        In modern times, Shakespeare's plays remain the most-often produced stage works around the world. Several projects exist to re-publish complete [perhaps definitive] texts – Arden, Oxford, Folger Library editions, and the Arkangel audio recordings – and to film all the plays – a joint effort of A.B.C. Television & the B.B.C. Most of Shakespeare's works are available as online etexts and for Kindle or Nook, of varying quality.

William Shakespeare entry at Wikipedia
Shakespeare's plays entry at Wikipedia

Shakespeare 400 - yearlong celebrations in 2016 by a consortium
of 24 cultural organizations coordinated by Kings College in London, U.K.

In March 2009, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust made public an oil portrait dated to around 1605, claiming that it is a portrait given by Shakespeare's then-patron the Earl of Southampton to the Cobbe family in Ireland; the existence of the painting was unknown until recently. Experts assert, and other experts deny, and the scientific evidence is strong but proves nothing in particular.
{Click on the detail graphic at left to see the full painting in a new window.}
Cobbe portrait entry at Wikipedia
cropped version of the 'Cobbe portrait' presented in 2009 as a painting from life of Wm. Shakespeare at about age 40

Works  by  Wm. Shakespeare
browse Wm. Shakespeare books & audio catalog {returns 16,000+ titles} at Amazon
browse Wm. Shakespeare on Kindle catalog {returns 1,900+ titles} at Amazon
browse Wm. Shakespeare audio catalog {returns 220+ titles} at Amazon
browse Wm. Shakespeare Store {returns 1800+ titles} at Amazon
browse English Literature / author Wm. Shakespeare {returns 700+ titles} at Amazon

Shakespeare's plays entry at Wikipedia
The Complete Works of Shakespeare [est. 1993] online at M.I.T.

'The Great Books of The Western World' [1952 & 1990]
contains pretty much all of Shakespeare's work
{in Volumes 26 & 27 in 1952, Volumes 24 & 25 in the 1990 Second Edition}
Great Books of The Western World Shakespeare in two volumes   Volume 26 9x6½ hardcover [1989] out of print/used
Volume 26 9x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Volume 27 9x6½ hardcover [1989] out of print/used
Volume 27 9x6¼ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Volume 27 9¼x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
both Volumes 26 & 27 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Volume 24 hardcover [1990] out of print/used

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" TV movie
[Reduced Shakespeare Company 2000]

88-minute performance directed by Paul Kafno; adapted by Adam Long, Reed Martin, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield; starring Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor & Daniel Singer
Acorn Media color DVD [5/2003] for $15.89
full credits at IMDb • official movie site
Reduced Shakespeare Guide to the World's Best Playwright book by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor  "Reduced Shakespeare: The Attention-Impaired Reader's Guide To The World's Best Playwright (Abridged)" [2006] by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
Hyperion 8½x6¾ pb [7/2006] out of print/used
Hyperion 8¼x6½ hardcover [7/2006] for $14.40

"The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays"
Audio Partners UNABR audio CDs box set [3/2003] orig $420.00 - out of prodn/scarce
browse individual Arkangel Shakespeare audio CDs

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" for Kindle
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [8/2011] for $1.99 {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2014] for 99ข {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [10/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2013] for $1.99 {sic}

Shakespeare Complete Works  "William Shakespeare: Complete Works" [2007]
Edited by Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Modern Library 9¼x7½ {4.8 pounds!} hardcover [4/2007] for $44.77
"World of Shakespeare: The Complete Plays & Sonnets" [2006]
Penguin 38-volume hardcover set [6/2006] orig $149.50 - out of print/scarce
Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works in Kindle format  "The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works - Second Edition" [2005]
Kindle Edition from Oxford University Press [2005 edition] for $15.39
Oxford University Press 9¼x6¾ pb [4/2005] out of print/many used
Oxford University Press 9½x7¼ (4.5 pounds} hardcover [8/2005] out of print/many used
Globe Illustrated Shakespeare  "The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works Leather-bound Edition" [2000]
Arden 11¾x9 {6.8 pounds!} sleeved hardcover [11/2000] orig $69.95 - out of print/used
"The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Annotated)" [1998]
Gramercy 11x8½ hardcover [8/98] orig $59.99 - out of print/used
"William Shakespeare: The Complete Works" [1997]
Wordsworth Editions, Ltd. 9x6 pb [8/97] for $13.49
"Wadsworth Shakespeare - Second Edition" [1996]
Cengage Learning 10x8¼ {5.4 pounds!} hardcover [12/96] for $147.51 {sic}
"William Shakespeare: The Complete Works" [1993]
Gramercy 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/93] out of print/used
"William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Unabridged Deluxe Edition" [1990]
Gramercy leatherbound [9/90] orig $19.99 - out of print/80+ used
"Riverside Shakespeare: Complete Plays & Poems, Annotated" [1974]
Houghton Mifflin 10½x8½ {5.6 pounds!} hardcover [1/97] orig $78.49 - out of print/80+ used

The Comedies
A Midsummer Night's Dream [circa 1595]
All's Well That Ends Well [circa 1603]
As You Like It [circa 1599-1600]
The Comedy of Errors [circa 1594-98]
Cymbeline [circa 1609]
The History of Cardenio (lost) [1613]
Love's Labour's Lost [circa 1595-96]
Love's Labour's Won (lost) [circa 1598]
Measure for Measure [1603]
The Merchant of Venice [circa 1594-97]
The Merry Wives of Windsor [1597]
Much Ado About Nothing [circa 1598-99]
Pericles, Prince of Tyre [circa 1607-08]
Taming of the Shrew [1594]
The Tempest [1611]
Twelfth Night, or What You Will [circa 1599-1601]
The Two Gentlemen of Verona [circa 1590]
The Two Noble Kinsmen [1613]
The Winter's Tale [circa 1610-11]

The Histories
Edward III (attributed) [1596]
Henry IV, part 1 [1596]
Henry IV, part 2 [circa 1597-99]
Henry V [1599]
Henry VI, part 1 [circa 1591]
Henry VI, part 2 [circa 1590]
Henry VI, part 3 [circa 1591]
Henry VIII [1613]
King John [1598]
Richard II [circa 1595]
Richard III [circa 1593]
Sir Thomas More (attributed) [1592-98]

The Tragedies
Antony and Cleopatra [circa 1607]
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark [circa 1600-02]
The Life of Timon of Athens [circa 1607]
Othello, The Moor of Venice [circa 1603]
Romeo and Juliet [circa 1597]
The Tragedy of Coriolanus [circa 1607]
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar [1599]
The Tragedy of King Lear [1605]
The Tragedy of Macbeth [1606]
The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus [1594]
Troilus and Cressida [circa 1602]

Shakespeare's Stageplays Listed in Chronological Order
The Two Gentlemen of Verona [circa 1590]
Henry VI, part 2 [circa 1590]
Henry VI, part 1 [circa 1591]
Henry VI, part 3 [circa 1591]
Sir Thomas More (attributed) [1592-98]
Richard III [circa 1593]
Taming of the Shrew [1594]
The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus [1594]
The Merchant of Venice [circa 1594-97]
The Comedy of Errors [circa 1594-98]
A Midsummer Night's Dream [circa 1595]
Richard II [circa 1595]
Love's Labour's Lost [circa 1595-96]
Edward III (attributed) [1596]
Henry IV, part 1 [1596]
The Merry Wives of Windsor [1597]
Romeo and Juliet [circa 1597]
Henry IV, part 2 [circa 1597-99]
King John [1598]
Love's Labour's Won (lost) [circa 1598]
Much Ado About Nothing [circa 1598-99]
Henry V [1599]
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar [1599]
As You Like It [circa 1599-1600]
Twelfth Night, or What You Will [circa 1599-1601]
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark [circa 1600-02]
Troilus and Cressida [circa 1602]
Measure for Measure [1603]
All's Well That Ends Well [circa 1603]
Othello, The Moor of Venice [circa 1603]
The Tragedy of King Lear [1605]
The Tragedy of Macbeth [1606]
Antony and Cleopatra [circa 1607]
The Life of Timon of Athens [circa 1607]
The Tragedy of Coriolanus [circa 1607]
Pericles, Prince of Tyre [circa 1607-08]
Cymbeline [circa 1609]
The Winter's Tale [circa 1610-11]
The Tempest [1611]
The Two Noble Kinsmen [1613]
The History of Cardenio (lost) [1613]
Henry VIII [1613]

Shakespearean Apocrypha
Shakespeare Apocrypha entry at Wikipedia

William Henry Ireland claimed in March 1795 to have discovered a previously-unknown play by Wm. Shakespeare called "Vortigern and Rowena"; he also later revealed a manuscript of "Henry II". The barely-examined text was considered authentic at first, even by experts such as James Boswell [1740-95], poet-laureate Henry James Pye [1744-1813], playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan [1761-1815], and actor-producer John Philip Kemble [1757-1823]. A single performance at the Drury Lane Theater on 2 April 1796 was derided by the audience (the play was not performed again until 2008). Ireland eventually confessed that the two plays and the supporting documentation were all forgeries by himself.
In 2004, B.B.C. Radio 4 broadcast Martyn Wade's play about the forgeries, "Another Shakespeare".
King Vortigern and Rowena entries at Wikipedia • 'Ireland Shakespeare forgeries' entry at Wikipedia

Reforging Shakespeare book by Jeffrey Kahan  
"Reforging Shakespeare: The Story of A Theatrical Scandal"
[1998] by Prof. Jeffrey Kahan

Lehigh Univ Press 9¾x6¼ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
'Vortigern' pseudo-Shakespeare playscript by William Henry Ireland  "Vortigern: An Historical Tragedy in Five Acts" [1796]
by William Henry Ireland [1775-1835]

Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [8/2011] for $22.75
Palala Press 9¼x6 hardcover [5/2016] for $23.95

A play called "The History of Cardenio" was performed by the King's Men in 1613 and later credited to Wm. Shakespeare and John Fletcher [1579-1625]; the stageplay was apparently based on the Cardenio episode of Cervantes's "Don Quixote" (English translation of Part 1 published in 1612), and the text has long been considered lost. Unconfirmed versions of such a text were put forward in 1727 and in 1990.

Quest for Cardenio book edited by David Carnegie & Gary Taylor  "The Quest For Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher,
Cervantes, and The Lost Play" [2012]
Edited by David Carnegie & Gary Taylor

Oxford Univ Press hardcover [10/2012] for $65.00

A claim was made in 2010 that a surviving copy of "The History of Cardenio" was found, and a deal made for James Franco
to portray Cardenio {valid references on internet not found} • 'Cardenio' entry at Wikipedia

"Cardenio" modern stageplay [2013] by Stephen Greenblatt & Charles Mee
A romantic comedy; the structure is that members of the cast of Shakespeare's "Cardenio" interact and decide who really loves who.
Performed in September 2013 at the Wertheim Center of Florida Intl. University in Miami, directed by Michael Yawney
design presentation for that play [42:38] on YouTube

After developing psychological theory and text-analyzing software for use on contested manuscripts, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin announced in April 2015 the discovery of a unique psychological profile that characterizes Shakespeare's established works. This profile strongly identifies Shakespeare and John Fletcher as co-authors of the long-contested play "Double Falsehood" [1727]. Playwright Lewis Theobald [1688-1744] said from the beginning that his play was adapted from three manuscripts of an unnamed lost play by William Shakespeare {i.e. "Cardenio"}; Theobald was accused of plagiarism and even forgery at the time, partly because of retaliation by Alexander Pope due to Theobald's scholarly & critical "Shakespeare Restored" [1726] • Science Daily article • "Double Falsehood" entry at Wikipedia

'Double Falsehood' playscript by Shakespeare & Fletcher & Theobald  "Double Falsehood: or, The Distrest Lovers" [1727]
The Rawshakespeare Edition of The Second Edition Setting . . .
Written Originally by W. Shakespeare and Now Revised To
The Stage by Lewis Theobald

Puck Press 5x4¼ pb [4/2010] for $6.95

Because this page began as part of the 'Shakespeare On Film' Festival, the major organizing factor of the Works of Shakespeare are on
'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Pages One & Two

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"   •   "Coriolanus"   •   "Hamlet"   •   The Henry Plays   •   "Julius Caesar"

"King John"   •   "King Lear"   •   "Macbeth"   •   "Merchant of Venice"   •   "Othello"

"Romeo & Juliet"   •   "Taming of The Shrew"   •   "The Tempest"

Compilations  of  Shakespeare's  Works

Passionate Pilgrim anthology of poems book  "The Passionate Pilgrim: Twenty Poems" [1599 classic]
Attributed to William Shakespeare, Edited by Sir Sidney Lee [1859-1926]

Kindle Edition from eBook Ventures [5/2010] for 99ข {sic}
Kindle Edition from Classics Unbound [5/2009] for 99ข {sic}
Nabu Press facsimile edition pb [2/2010] for $15.41
Forgotten Books 7¾x5 pb [10/2008] for $6.32
Amherst/Folger/Scribner's hardcover [1940] out of print/scarce
book entry at Wikipedia

Alexander Pope's edition of Shakespeare [1725, rev 1728]

"Shakespeare Restored: or, A Specimen of The Many Errors As Well Committed As Unamended by Mr. Pope
In His Late Edition of This Poet" [1726] by Lewis Theobald [1688-1744]

"The First Editors of Shakespeare (Pope and Theobald): The Story of The First Shakespearian Controversy" [1974]
by Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury

Norton Facsimile First Folio of Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library  "The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile" [1968]
from the Folger Shakespeare Library
Edited by Charlton Hinman & Peter W.M. Blayney

W.W. Norton slipcase 2nd edition 15x10¼x2½ inches {9.7 pounds!}
hardcover [9/96] for $94.50

W.W. Norton hardcover [10/68] out of print/used
Shakespeare Poems  "New Bantam Shakespeare: The Poems" [1988]
Edited by David Bevington & David Scott Kastan

Bantam Classics mass pb [1/88] for $5.99
"Arden Shakespeare: The Poems" [1969] Edited by F.T. Prince
Arden 8x5 pb [6/69] for $13.99
"Shakespeare: The Poems" on CD-ROM [1998]
Octavo CD-ROM [1/98] out of prodn/used
Essential Shakespeare audio  "Essential Shakespeare: Best-loved Scenes, Soliloquies & Sonnets That Everyone Should Know - Explained & Performed" [1991]
Performed by Simon Callow, Lindsay Duncan, Paul Rhys & Harriett Walter
Highbridge audio CD [11/2005] 2 disks for $12.89
Highbridge audio [7/96] 2 tapes for $16.95
text version edited by Ted Hughes
Ecco Press mass pb [3/2006] for $9.95
Ecco Press 8½x5¼ hardcover [10/91] out of print/used
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare  
"The Sonnets by William Shakespeare" [1999]
Introduction by Sylvan Barnet

Signet Classic Shakespeare mass pb [3/99] for $5.95
Signet Classic Shakespeare mass pb [3/99] out of print/50+ used
Shakespeare On Love  "Shakespeare On Love: A Personal Selection" [2000]
by Simon Callow

Frances Lincoln Ltd. 8¼x6 hardcover [8/2000] for $22.95
Shakespeare's Sonnets from the Folger Shakespeare Library  "Shakespeare's Sonnets From The Folger Shakespeare Library" [YR]
Edited by Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [8/2016] for $5.69
Simon & Schuster mass pb [2/2004] for $5.99
Bartlett's Shakespeare Quotations  "Bartlett's Shakespeare Quotations: Selected from Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" [2005]
Kindle Edition from Little, Brown/Hachette [10/2009] for $9.74
Little, Brown 7x5¼ hardcover [10/2005] for $12.87

Pelican  Shakespeare  'Series
Announced March 2016: Pelican/Penguin is re-releasing the Pelican Shakespeare Series, published by Penguin Classics, with new covers designed by Manuja Waldia; the first four books come out on March 29 – "Macbeth", "King Lear", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Hamlet" – with "Twelfth Night" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" scheduled for Summer.
search books on keywords 'pelican+shakespeare+series' {returns 35 titles} at Amazon

"The Complete Pelican Shakespeare" [10/2002] by William Shakespeare and Stephen Orgel

"Antony and Cleopatra" [9/1999] by William Shakespeare, Edited by A.R. Braunmuller & Stephen Orgel

"Henry V" [9/1999] by William Shakespeare, Edited by A.R. Braunmuller & Stephen Orgel, Introduction by Claire McEachern

"Henry IV, Part 2" [] by William Shakespeare, Edited by A.R. Braunmuller & Stephen Orgel, Introduction by Claire McEachern

"Henry VI, Part 1" [12/2000] by William Shakespeare and William Montgomery

"Henry VIII" [8/2001] by William Shakespeare, Edited & Introduction by Stephen Orgel

"The Life and Death of King John" [8/2000] by William Shakespeare, Edited by Claire McEachern

"Love's Labors Lost" [1963] by Shakespeare, William; Harbage, Alfred, Editor

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre" [8/2001 ] by William Shakespeare & Stephen Orgel

"The Sonnets by William Shakespeare" [] Edited by Stephen Orgel, Introduction by John Hollander

"Timon of Athens" [] by William Shakespeare

"Troilus and Cressida" [] by William Shakespeare, Edited by Stephen Orgel & Jonathan Crewe

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona" [] by William Shakespeare

Works  About  Shakespeare's  Works

Shakespeare Lexicon & Quotation Dictionary  "Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary: A Complete Dictionary of All The English Words, Phrases & Constructions In The Works of The Poet"
[1971] by Alexander Schmidt (rev 1987 by Gregor Sarrazin)

Vol. 1: A - M: Dover 9¼x6½ pb [6/71] for $13.57
Vol. 2: N - Z: Dover 9¼x6½ pb [6/71] for $14.16
single volume: De Gruyter 10¼x8 hardcover [6/71] out of print/used
Asimov's Guide To Shakespeare  "Asimov's Guide To Shakespeare: A Guide To Understanding & Enjoying The Works of Shakespeare" [1970] by Isaac Asimov [1920-92]
Gramercy 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2003] for $24.99
The Shakespeare Play as Poem book by S. Viswanathan  "The Shakespeare Play As Poem: A Critical Tradition In Perspective" [1990]
by S. Viswanathan

Cambridge Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [2/2010] for $34.83
Cambridge Univ Press 8½x5½ hardcover [12/90] out of print/used
Orson Welles On Shakespeare  "Orson Welles On Shakespeare: The W.P.A. & Mercury Theatre Playscripts"
[1990] Edited by Richard France, Foreword by Simon Callow

Routledge 9x6 pb [9/2001] for $29.95
Greenwood Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [12/90] for $68.95

Magic Lantern's Orson Welles [1915-85] Page

Harold Bloom's Shakespeare  "Shakespeare: The Invention of The Human" [1999]
by Harold Bloom

Riverhead 9¼x6 pb [9/99] for $13.00
HarperCollins hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
Shakespeare's Language classic book by Frank Kermode  "Shakespeare's Language" [2000 classic]
by Frank Kermode [1919-2010]

FS&G 8x5½ pb [8/2001] for $18.72
FS&G 9x6 hardcover [4/2000] out of print/used
Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare  "The Cambridge Companion To Shakespeare" [2001]
Edited by Margreta de Grazia & Stanley Wells

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [4/2001] for $24.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [4/2001] for $24.99
Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare On Stage  "The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare On Stage" [2001]
by Jonathan Bate & Russell Jackson

Oxford Univ Press 9½x7½ pb [12/2001] out of print/used
Shakespeare After All  "Shakespeare After All" [2004]
by Marjorie Gerber

Anchor 8x5¼ pb [9/2005] for $13.00
Pantheon 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/2004] for $25.20
Case for Shakespeare  "The Case For Shakespeare: The End of The Authorship Question" [2005]
by Scott McCrea

Praeger/Greenwood 9½x6½ hardcover [1/2005] for $42.95
How to Read Shakespeare book by Nicholas Royle  "How To Read Shakespeare" [2005]
by Nicholas Royle

W.W. Norton 7¾x5 pb [9/2005] for $11.95
This Wide & Universal Theater  "This Wide and Universal Theater: Shakespeare In Performance, Then and Now" [2007] by David Bevington
Univ Chicago Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/2007] for $16.50
Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare book by Emma Smith  "The Cambridge Introduction To Shakespeare" [2007]
by Emma Smith of Oxford University

Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [9/00] for $9.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9x7½ pb [4/2007] for $22.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [4/2007] for $87.00

Approaching Shakespeare lecture series from Oxford University for FREE  "Approaching Shakespeare" lecture series [2010-2012]
contains 16 lectures on 16 Shakespeare plays by Emma Smith of Oxford University; each lecture is available as audio and-or etext via Creative Commons license; plays covered include "Antony & Cleopatra", "The Comedy of Errors", "Henry IV", "Henry V", "King John", "King Lear", "Macbeth", "Measure For Measure", "Othello", "Pericles", "Richard II", "Richard III", "The Tempest", "Titus Andronicus", "Twelfth Night", and "The Winter's Tale"
FREE audio/text downloads at iTunes website
FREE audio/text downloads at Oxford website

How to Think Like Shakespeare multimedia production  "How To Think Like Shakespeare" [BigThink April 2011]
Presented back in 2011, but no longer accessible; program was part text, part interview video, even part TV comedy sketch; participants included Ken Adelman, The Beatles, Ben Brantley, Daniel Honan, Frank Jacobs, Michael Kahn, James Lipton & Kenji Yoshino
not listed on IMDb • theme blog
What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice book by Kenji Yoshino  
"A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice"
[2011] by Kenji Yoshino

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins [4/2011] for $12.99
Ecco Press 8x5¼ pb [4/2012] for $10.87
Ecco Press 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2011] for $26.99
North of Shakespeare book by Dennis McCarthy  "North of Shakespeare: The True Story of the Secret Genius Who Wrote the World's Greatest Body of Literature" [2011] by Dennis McCarthy
A brief book of essays published to establish priority of author's contentions that Will Shakespeare borrowed phrases and themes from the works of Thomas North and his brother George North
CreateSpace 9¼x6 pb [8/2011] out of print/used
Shakespeare's Female Characters book by Tina Packer   "Women of Will: The Remarkable Evolution of Shakespeare's Female Characters" [2015] by Tina Packer
Kindle Edition from Vintage/Random House [4/2015] for $11.99
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/2016] for $10.87
Knopf 9½x6¾ deckle-edge hardcover [4/2015] for $13.32
Knopf hardcover [4/2015] out of print/used
Rebellion & Rebels by George North book by Dennis McCarthy & June Schlueter  "A Brief Discourse On Rebellion & Rebels by George North: A Newly-Uncovered Manuscript Source For Shakespeare's Plays" [2018]
by Dennis McCarthy & June Schlueter

Amateur scholar McCarthy used plagiarism software to discover and then confirm that Shakespeare borrowed many phrases and themes from North's manuscript
D.S. Brewer 10x7½ hardcover [1/2018] for $95.48 {sic}

Works  About  Shakespeare's  England

"Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater" [1955] by Anne Terry White

"Shakespeare's Globe Rebuilt" [6/1997] by J. R. Mulryne and Margaret Shewring

"The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642" [4/2009] by Andrew Gurr

"The Elizabethan World Picture" [4/2011] by E M W Tillyard

Works  by  Other  Authors

Tales From Shakespeare book retold by Tina Packer  "Tales From Shakespeare" [2004] Retold by Tina Packer
Ten of Shakespeare's most powerful and enduring plays brilliantly are retold here, bringing to life all the romance, clashing swords, dastardly plots, and hilarious comedies, lavishly illustrated by 10 notable children's book illustrators; the tales are: "As You Like It", "Hamlet", "King Lear", "Macbeth", "Midsummer Night's Dream", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Othello", "Romeo and Juliet", "The Tempest", and "Twelfth Night"
Scholastic 11x8½ pb [4/2004] out of print/60+ used
Scholastic pb [4/2004] out of print/used
Scholastic 11½x8¾ hardcover [4/2004] out of print/100+ used

"Exposure (Twisted Lit)" [1/2013] by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

"Tempestuous (Twisted Lit)" [12/2012] by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

"Anyone But You: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet" [1/2014] by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

"William Shakespeare's Star Wars" [] by Ian Doescher
presents the story of Episode IV in iambic pentameter
"The Empire Striketh Back" [] by Ian Doescher
"The Jedi Doth Return" [] by Ian Doescher

Non-Fiction  About  Wm. Shakespeare

inside title page for 'Shakespeare and the Founders of Liberty in America' book by Charles Mills Gayley  "Shakespeare and The Founders of Liberty In America" [1917 classic]
by Charles Mills Gayley [1858-1932], professor at U.C. Berkeley

TheClassics.US 9½x7¼ pb [9/2013] for $8.16
BiblioLife 9x6 hardcover [11/2008] for $21.24
Shakespeare As A Dramatic Thinker  "Shakespeare As A Dramatic Thinker" [1921 classic]
by Richard G. Moulton [1849-1924]

Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [4/2005] for $25.80
University Press of The Pacific 8x5 pb [12/2002] for $34.50
Shakespeare As Political Thinker  "Shakespeare As Political Thinker" [1980]
Edited by John Alvis & Thomas G. West

Carolina Academic Press pb [6/80] out of print/used
I.S.I. Books 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2000] for $18.96
Shakespeare For All Time  "Shakespeare: For All Time" [2002]
by Stanley Wells

Oxford Univ Press pb [1/2003] for $25.20
Pan MacMillan hardcover [8/2002] out of print/used
Shakespeare's Words book by David & Ben Crystal  "Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion" [2002]
by David & Ben Crystal

Penguin 9x6¾ pb [12/2002] for $13.60
Penguin hardcover [1/2002] out of print/used
Essential Shakespeare Handbook  "Essential Shakespeare Handbook" [for 7th grade & older; 2004]
by Leslie Dunton-Downer & Alan Riding

D.K. Adult 8½x6 pb [4/2004] for $15.75
Shakespeare and the American Nation book by Kim C. Sturgess  "Shakespeare and The American Nation" [2004]
by Kim C. Sturgess

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [5/2007] for $52.67 (sic}
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [7/2004] for $86.11 {sic}
Will In The World  "Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare" [2004]
by Stephen Greenblatt

listed among Best Books of the Year by New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune & others
W.W.Norton 8¼x5½ pb [9/2005] for $9.72
W.W.Norton 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2004] for $16.98
A Year in the Life 1599  "A Year In The Life of William Shakespeare - 1599" [2005] by James Shapiro
Harper Perennial pb [6/2006] for $9.72
HarperCollins 9¼c6¾ hardcover [10/2005] for $17.61
Sound Library audio CD [11/2005] priced for rental market
Sound Library audio [11/2005] priced for rental market
Shakespeare bio by Ackroyd  "Shakespeare: The Biography" [2005] by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor pb [11/2006] for $12.03
Doubleday/Talese 9¼x6¾ hardcover [10/2005] for $20.48
Random House UNABR audio CD [10/2005] for $31.47
Shakespeare's Philosophy  "Shakespeare's Philosophy: Discovering The Meaning Behind The Plays" [2006]
by Colin Mcginn

Harper Perennial 9¼x5½ pb [11/2007] for $11.16
HarperCollins 9x6 pb [11/2006] for $16.47
Shakespeare The Thinker  "Shakespeare The Thinker" [2007]
by A.D. Nutall

Yale Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/2007] for $19.80
Becoming Shakespeare  "Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned A Provincial Playwright Into The Bard" [2007] by Jack Lynch
Walker & Co. 8½x5½ hardcover [6/2007] for $16.47

Shakespeare in America anthology edited by James Shapiro  "Shakespeare In America: An Anthology From The Revolution To Now" [2014]
Edited by James Shapiro, Foreword by Bill Clinton

Kindle Edition from Library of America [4/2014] for $14.99
Library of America 8x5 hardcover [4/2014] for $21.49
Essays & letters & reviews from 1776 to 2004, by authors including John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Joseph Quincy Adams, Jane Addams, James Agee, Hollis Alpert, Isaac Asimov, John Berryman, Jen Bervin, John Wilkes Booth, William Wells Brown, Lord Buckley, Willa Cather, Emily Dickin-son, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Maurice Evans, Robert Frost, Charles Mills Gayley, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, G.W.H. Griffin, Lorenz Hart & Morrie Ryskind, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Houseman, William Dean Howells, Langston Hughes, Washington Irving, Henry James, Pauline Kael, Abraham Lincoln, Belle Marshall Locke, Henry Cabot Lodge, Frederick Wadsworth Loring, Peter Markoe, Mary McCarthy, Walter McDonald, Herman Melville (2), Toshio Mori, Gloria Naylor, Cynthia Ozick, Hyam Plutzik, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Preston, Cole Porter, Adrienne Rich, Frank Rich & Joseph Papp, George Santayana, Jonathan M. Sewall, Samuel Sillen, Jane Smiley, Charles Sprague, James Thurber, Henry Timrod, Mark Twain (2), Sam Wanamaker, B.J. Ward, George F. Whicher, Sidney B. Whipple, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, William Winter, and Stark Young

"Shakespeare Wars" by Rosenbaum
"Shakespeare After All" by Garber
"Asimov's Guide To Shakespeare"
"The Shakespeare Library" 10 vols
"Shakespeare" by Alexander
"Shakespeare In Art" by Martineau
"Searching For Shakespeare" by Cooper re Chandos portrait
"The Millionaire and The Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt For Shakespeare's First Folio" [] by Andrea Mays
"Shakespeare and The Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth To The Globe" [] by Chris Laoutaris
"The Year of Lear: Shakespeare In 1606" [] by James Shapiro
explores how tumultuous events in England shaped the 'King Lear', 'Macbeth', and 'Antony & Cleopatra' stageplays

Films  About  Wm. Shakespeare
Wm. Shakespeare's movie & TV credits {over 600 listings} at Internet Movie Database

"(Loves and Adventures In) The Life of Shakespeare"
[British & Colonial Kinematograph Co. Feb 1914, USA Dec 1914]
The Life of Shakespeare 1914 silent film  50-minute silent film filmed in Stratford-upon-Avon & London, England; modern media described as being 'Presented & narrated by Ian Richardson and featuring readings by Dame Judy Dench' Co-written & co-directed by Frank R. Growcott; co-directed by J.B. McDowell; co-written by Sidney Low; starring Albert Ward {as Will Shakespeare}, Sybil Hare {as Anne Hathaway}, Aimee Martinek {as Queen Elizabeth}, George Foley {as Sir Thomas Lucy}, M. Gray Murray {as Sir Hugh Clopton}, Eva Bayley {as Will's mother}
Region 1 VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"William Shakespeare: His Life & Times" TV mini-series [ITV/RAI June 1978]
William Shakespeare Life & Times TV mini-series  "The acclaimed British miniseries recounting the great bard's early years" • Six 1-hour episodes written by John Mortimer; starring Tim Curry {as Will Shakespeare}, Paul Freeman {as Dick Burbage}, John Normington {as Alex Cooke}, Ron Cook {as Jack Rice}, Richard Cordery {as Henry Condell}, Ronald Herdman {as Sam Crosse}, Roger Lloyd Pack {as Jack Heminge}, Michael Hadley {as Augustine Phillips}, Derek Royle {as William Kempe}, Nicholas Clay {as Earl of South-ampton}, Julian Curry {as Lord Robert Cecil}, Patience Collier {as Queen Elizabeth I}, Meg Wynn Owen {as Anne Shakespeare}, Ian McShane {as Christopher Marlowe}, Keith Baxter {as Earl of Essex}, Basil Dignam {as Lord Cham-berlain}, Annette Lynton {as Susanna Shakespeare}, Bill Paterson {as King James I} & Joshua White {as Hamnet Shakespeare} • full credits at IMDb
A&E Home Video color DVD [12/2008] 2 disks for $19.95
Goldhill Home Media color VHS [6/2002] 6 tapes for $7.98

"Shakespeare In Love" feature film [1998]
for which Judi Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

A&E Biography Shakespeare  "William Shakespeare: A Life of Drama" [A&E Biography 2004]
not listed at IMDb
A&E color DVD [8/2004] for {cuckoo pricing}
A&E color VHS [2/97] out of prodn/used

"Anonymous" [Columbia Relativity Oct 2011]
Anonymous 2011 movie about Queen Elizabeth, Essex, and Will Shakespeare  Elizabeth Tudor's reign as queen of England is threatened by a rebellion led by her former favorite, Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex. The gimmick is that Elizabeth ordered Essex's name removed from all his stageplays and poems, and that Anonymous somehow became credited to the actor & writer Will Shakespeare.
"Anonymous is ridiculous but it is not dull." — The Week Magazine review
Co-produced & written by John Orloff; co-produced & directed by Roland Emmerich; starring Sebastian Reid, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave {as Elizabeth}, Rafe Spall {as William Shakespeare}, Derek Jacobi, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Joely Richardson {as young Elizabeth}, Xavier Samuel, Vicky Krieps & Mark Rylance
Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2012] for $20.99
Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [2/2012] for $18.99
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

Fiction  About  Wm.  Shakespeare

"The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare" mystery novel [#7 = 6/1988] by Lilian Jackson Braun [1913-2011]

Guarding Shakespeare mystery story by Quintin Peterson  "Guarding Shakespeare" [novella 2013] by Quintin Peterson
Novella expanded from a published short story; longtime security guard at the Folger Shakepeare Library in Washington, DC decides that he can pull off an inside job and heist a priceless artifact from the building's underground bank vault.
Kindle Edition from Ram Press [3/2013] for $3.99 {sic}
Ram Press 8½x5½ pb [3/2013] for $8.99

Shakespeare  Links
Folger Shakespeare Library [est. 1932] in Washington, DC
Absolute Shakespeare website
Wm. Shakespeare entry at Wikipedia
Wm. Shakespeare at Famous Poets & Poems website
AM's Shakespeare Online
reconstructed Globe Theater [opened 1997] in London, UK
The Old Globe [Shakespearean] Theatres [est. 1935] in San Diego, CA
Stratford-upon-Avon official website
Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company [est. 1933] in Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.
Shakespeare Resource Center
Shakespeare Theatre Company [est. 1986] in Washington, DC
The Complete Works of Shakespeare [est. 1993] online at M.I.T.

Shakespeare 400 - yearlong celebrations in 2016 by a consortium
of 24 cultural organizations coordinated by Kings College in London, U.K.

Irvin's 'Willy Shakes' fansite
LKA's Wm. Shakespeare Biography fansite
LKA's General Wm. Shakespeare fansite
RP's William Shakespeare Literature website
Shakespeare Country Tourism Information
The American Shakespeare Project in Albuquerque [NM]
HMC's Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Pub [] in Montpellier, France

Other  Media

International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television, and Radio
of The British Universities Film & Video Council

'Shakespeare On The Radio' Collection [1937-68] 45 episodes on CD

author Wm. Shakespeare posters at AllPosters.com
37 Shakespeare Drama posters at AllPosters.com
Shakespearean art prints at AllPosters.com

Festival  Links

Startford-upon-Avon Shakespeare 2008 Programme

Utah Shakespearean Festival [est. 1961; June-Oct] in Cedar City, Utah
Idaho Shakespeare in Boise - summer-long
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare [July-Aug]
Arizona Shakespeare Festival [July & August] in Prescott, Arizona
Shakespeare Santa Cruz = Jul-Aug
Shakespeare Orange County [July-Aug 2004 = 12th season]
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival [Sept 88]
Great Lakes Theater Festival & Shakespeare's Great Company [Sept-April] in Ohio

Colorado Shakespeare Festival - Univ. Colorado Boulder
No Holds Bard in Denver, Colorado
D.C. BardFest
Shakespeare & Co. troupe in Lenox, MA (1991)
Antioch Shakespeare Festival [est. 1952], Antioch College, Yellow Springs Ohio
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon
Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove, California
Montana Shakespeare In The Park in Bozeman, Montana
Texas Shakespeare Festival [est. 1986] in Kilgore, Texas

Shakespeare Companies and Festivals International Guide book edited by Ron Engle, Felicia Hardison Londre & Daniel J. Watermeier  "Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide" [1995]
Edited by Ron Engle (Univ of North Dakota), Felicia Hardison Londre (Univ of Missouri - Kansas City), and Daniel J. Watermeier (University of Toledo)

Profiles of over 150 Shakespeare festivals and companies in 37 U.S. states and other locations around the world, including German-language Shakespeare performances in Europe and the (then-new) Chinese Shakespeare Festival.
Greenwood 9½x6¼ hardcover [4/95] for $92.85

here on the William Shakespeare [1564-1616] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
top of page • • short profile • • works by Wm. Shakespeare • • works about Wm. Shakespeare • • links • • festivals

Magic Lantern Video & Book Store's 'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Pages
on Page One: top of page • short profile • Shakespeare on Film: selected books • selected films {also on Page 2}
on Page Three: top of page • Queen Elizabeth I • Elizabeth I Film Festival

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