2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. What’s a better way to commemorate this then by reading up all about him. The wonderful staff at Blackwell’s have put together a reading list just for us, so wet your appetite and delve into the world of Shakespeare!
Will- Christopher Rush
Reissued to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in 2014, this is the fictionalised memoir of our greatest writer, revealing the secrets of his life to his lawyer as they prepare his will.
Performing King Lear- Jonathan Croell
A unique exploration of the challenges and rewards of performing “King Lear “based on interviews with leading actors and directors.”
£16.99 – bit.ly/1UobyYD
The Shakespeare Book
Features witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. This title covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, and lost plays and less well-known works of poetry.
£16.99 – http://bit.ly/1lNHEB3
In Search of Shakespeare- Michael Wood
Aims to recreate the turbulent times through which William Shakespeare lived: the age of the Reformation, the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot and the colonization of the Americas.
£9.99 – http://bit.ly/1Tlhao3
1606 – James Shapiro
Marking the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this book offers a intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
£16.00 – http://bit.ly/1Nxsy96
1599 – James Shapiro
Presents the history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature
£9.09 – http://bit.ly/1OMlLMX
Shakespeare – Bill Bryson
This exquisitely illustrated edition of Bill Bryson’s best-selling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling journey through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship.
£6.29 – http://bit.ly/1OViMzm
A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare – Peter Ackroyd
This essential new guide contains a commentary by distinguished Shakespeare biographer Peter Ackroyd and includes summaries of all the plays, along with descriptions of the cast and the drama – not forgetting the best speeches, and the wit and wisdom from across the works.
£10.99 – http://bit.ly/2017OTG
King Lear – William Shakespeare
Read the original play in all it’s glory.
£8.99 – http://bit.ly/1JB7cwR
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction – Stanley Wells
In this new offering from Stanley Wells comes an exploration of one of the world’s greatest dramatists: William Shakespeare.
£4.99 – http://bit.ly/1PzYvFl
Great Shakespeare Actors – Stanley Wells
Great Shakespeare Actors provides a series of well-informed, well-written, illuminating, and entertaining accounts of many of the most famous stage performers of Shakespeare in both England and America, offering a concise, actor-centred history of Shakespeare on the stage.
£16.99 – http://bit.ly/1PPhVA7
The Genius of Shakespeare – Jonathan Bates
The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life – and afterlife – of the greatest English poet.
£10.99 – http://bit.ly/201b6X4
Soul of the Age – Jonathan Bates
This book helps you to understand what being Shakespeare was actually like.
£9.34 – http://bit.ly/1OMpDxi
Shakespeare & Co. – Stanley Wells
Shows that Shakespeare was a man of the theatre, one among a community of artists in the teeming world of Renaissance London. This book also sketches a gallery of Shakespeare’s fellow playwrights.
£8.99 – http://bit.ly/1nvK88N
The Lodger – Charles Nicholl
In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster – it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine – a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry – but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist’s famously obscure life-story.
£11.99 – http://bit.ly/1PhNPcv
Will in the World – Stephen Greenblatt
The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the social and political realities of their times. This title offers an account of Shakespeare’s character and the blossoming of his talent.
£16.99 – http://bit.ly/1WMJjEv
Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary – Crystal
The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary is a brand new, unique, alphabetical colour dictionary of Shakespearean words and meanings, targeted to help students of 11-16 years.
£12.99 – http://bit.ly/1OVo8L6
Where’s Will? Find Shakespeare Hidden in his Plays – Tilly
Shakespeare spin on the classic ‘Where’s Wally’!
£9.99 – http://bit.ly/1SgW49v
The Sonnets – William Shakespeare
“Sonnets of William Shakespeare”, a cycle of 154 linked poems, were first published in 1609. This edition, illustrated with contemporary portraits and modern artwork, contains all of the poems and they deal with many of Shakespeare’s most common themes: jealousy, betrayal, and melancholy
£10.99 – http://bit.ly/1UohZuw
Happy Reading !