Reviews

  • A vast shelf of biographies of the Bard exists, but this is the book I would take with me to a desert island

    Jay Parini, Guardian
  • A work of wonderful erudition that can be read as an accessible introduction to the social and political milieu from which Shakespeare emerged, and as an elegant guide to the astonishing poems and plays themselves

    New Statesman
  • Both insightful literary criticism and a gripping piece of psychological detective work … Stephen Greenblatt has few equals as a Shakespeare scholar

    Metro
  • A delight, full of new insights and infused with a rich understanding of precisely why Shakespeare’s writing gives us such lasting pleasure … quite superb

    John Simpson, Sunday Times 'Books of the Year'
  • Thought-provoking … full of unexpected touches … beautifully written

    Andrew Marr, Daily Telegraph
  • Riveting

    Independent
  • Really gives a sense of being in touch with the man. Greenblatt’s knowledge of the plays and the times in which they were written is so encyclopaedic that he can assemble a convincing portrait of Shakespeare without resorting to smoke and mirrors

    Sunday Times
  • The most complexly intelligent and sophisticated, and yet the most keenly enthusiastic, study of the life and work taken together that I have ever read

    Adam Gopnik, New Yorker
  • One of the finest recent Shakespeare biographies

    Robert McCrum, Guardian
  • Greenblatt’s fantastically readable biography of our greatest writer paints a riveting portrait of Elizabethan England

    Daily Telegraph

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