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There are many books and articles dealing with all aspects of Shakespeare's life and works. The following list gives just a few of those which are relevant to this website. Most of these works have useful bibliographies.

For brief information on many aspects of Shakespeare, in an alphabetical sequence of entries, see:
  • The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, edited by Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells (2001).

For the documentary evidence surrounding Shakespeare's life and work, see:

  • E. K. Chambers, William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems, 2 vols. (1930)
  • S. Schoenbaum, William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life. Revised edition (1987)

Recent editions of the complete works of Shakespeare include:

  • The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans (1997)
  • William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor (1994)

Shakespeare's plays appear in many modern editions, described in:

  • Ann Thompson, Which Shakespeare? A User's Guide to Editions (1992)

Scholarly editions of Shakespeare's plays appear in the following series:

  • Arden Shakespeare
  • New Cambridge Shakespeare
  • Oxford Shakespeare

Works about Shakespeare's theatre include:

  • E. K. Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage. 4 vols. (1923)
  • R. A. Foakes, Illustrations of the English stage 1580-1642 (1985)
  • Andrew Gurr, Playgoing in Shakespeare's London, 3rd edition (2004)
  • Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearian Playing Companies (1996)
  • British Library/RSC, The Essential Shakespeare Live (2005), double CD of celebrated RCS peformances. 137 mins. Available from the British Library Bookshop

The printing and publishing of plays in Shakespeare's London are dealt with by:

  • A Companion to Shakespeare, edited by David Scott Kastan (1999)
  • Lukas Erne, Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist (2003)
  • A New History of Early English Drama, edited by John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan (1997)

The quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare's plays are described in detail in:

  • Henrietta Collins Bartlett and A. W. Pollard, A Census of Shakespeare's Plays in Quarto. Revised and extended. (1939)
  • Peter W. M. Blayney, The First Folio of Shakespeare (1991)
  • W. W. Greg, A Bibliography of English Printed Drama to the Restoration. 4 vols. (1939-1959)
  • Charlton Hinman, The Printing and Proof-Reading of the First Folio of Shakespeare. 2 vols. (1963)
  • A. W. Pollard, Shakespeare Folios and Quartos: A Study in the Bibliography of Shakespeare's Plays, 1594-1685 (1909)
  • Anthony James West, The Shakespeare First Folio: the History of the Book. 2 vols. (2001-2003)

The expert contributors recommend as further reading:

  • Tori Haring-Smith, From Farce to Metadrama: a Stage History of 'The Taming of the Shrew', 1594-1983 (1985)
  • Elizabeth Schafer, Shakespeare in Production: The Taming of the Shrew (2002)
  • The Taming of A Shrew: the 1594 Quarto, edited by Stephen Roy Miller (1998)
  • The Taming of The Shrew, edited by Ann Thompson (1984)
  • The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive, edited by Christie Carson and Jacky Bratton (2000)
  • Michael Warren, 'The Diminution of Kent', in The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare's Two Versions of 'King Lear', edited by Gary Taylor and Michael Warren (1983)
  • Michael Warren, 'Quarto and Folio King Lear and the Interpretation of Albany and Edgar', in Shakespeare: Pattern of Excelling Nature, edited by David Bevington and Jay L. Halio (1978)

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