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Bibliography

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Ackroyd, Peter. Shakespeare: The Biography. New York: Nan A. Talese, 2005. An examination of the life and works of Shakespeare, including his poetry.

Bate, Jonathan. Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare. New York: Random House, 2009. A biography of Shakespeare that attempts to look at his life and writings as they relate to the times in which he lived.

Bloom, Harold, ed. The Sonnets. New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2008. A collection of essays that examine Shakespeare’s sonnets, perhaps his best poetry.

Cheney, Patrick. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. A collection of essays offering literary, historical, and cultural information on Shakespeare’s poetry. Bibliographies and suggestions for further reading make this an invaluable source for those interested in Shakespeare.

De Grazia, Margreta, and Stanley Wells, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. This work provides an extensive guide to Shakespeare’s life and works.

Dobson, Michael, and Stanley Wells, eds. The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. An encyclopedic treatment of the life and works of Shakespeare.

Hart, Jonathan. Shakespeare: Poetry, Culture, and History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Hart looks at the poetry of Shakespeare and examines how culture and history influenced it and were influenced by it.

Heylin, Clinton. So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 2009. Heylin examines the history of the sonnets’ publication and researches the possibility that Shakespeare never intended them to be published.

Hope, Warren, and Kim Holston. The Shakespeare Controversy: An Analysis of the Authorship Theories. 2d ed. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. The authors examines the various authorship controversies and theories surrounding Shakespeare’s work. Although much of the discussion involves plays, it sheds light on the author himself.

Matz, Robert. The World of Shakespeare’s Sonnets: An Introduction. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2008. Matz examines the sonnets in terms of the customs and beliefs that shaped them and with reference to Shakespeare’s world.

Bibliography

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Ackroyd, Peter. Shakespeare: The Biography. New York: Nan A. Talese, 2005.

Bate, Jonathan. The Genius of Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Explores the extraordinary staying-power of Shakespeare’s work. Bate opens by taking up questions of authorship, asking, for example, Who was Shakespeare, based on the little documentary evidence we have? Which works really are attributable to him? How extensive was the influence of Christopher Marlowe? Bate 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 literate cultures across the globe.

Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.

Brown, John Russell. Shakespeare: The Tragedies. New York: Palgrave, 2001. A study of the tragedies in chronological order.

Cheney, Patrick. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2007. A collection of essays offering literary, historical, and cultural information on Shakespeare’s poetry. Bibliographies and suggestions for further reading make this an invaluable source for those interest in Shakespeare.

Danson, Lawrence. Shakespeare’s Dramatic Genres. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Danson’s scholarly study examines Shakespeare’s philosophy and how it was demonstrated in his dramas. Bibliography and index.

De Grazia, Margreta, and Stanley Wells, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. This work provides an extensive guide to Shakespeare’s life and works.

Dobson, Michael, and Stanley Wells, eds. The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare . Oxford,...

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