• "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"

  • "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"

  • "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