Hi folks! I'm wondering if anyone out there in the shadowy depths of the internet has a good book about Shakespeare they can recommend. I've read a few: Shakespeare After All (awesome book), The Lodger Shakespeare (also good), and Fool (A ridiculous retelling of King Lear from his fool's point of view. Absurd but a good light and silly read).
Are they any books of any kind about him that you really liked?
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Have you read Shakespeare's works themselves? Before you read rewritten works, it is good to read the originals. Of course, reading the retellings is fun but they are much more fun when you get all the jokes. Read the play first!
Here are a few that are fairly recent publishings. Those in bold are those I think you should check out first:
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt
Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (a silly retelling of Hamlet... easy read and funny)
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, PS by James Shapiro
The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascos, Palace Coups by Ron Rosenbaum
Great, thanks for the suggestions. I'd already read Bryson's book (Entertaining writer!), forgot to mention it. I keep seeing the Rosencrantz one in the book store but never really gravitate to it. I'll pick it up though.
Another fun one I didn't mention is My Name Is Will by Jess Winfield.
Thanks, again. Other people's suggestions welcomed!
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