What are the best books about William Shakespeare?

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    #1Will in the World

    Will in the World

    Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2005 by W.W. Norton.

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    Elizabeth Vargas
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love reading about the lives of great people. William Shakespeare's life was well written in the book...."
    Elizabeth Vargas
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love reading about the lives of great people. William Shakespeare's life was well written in the book."
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    #2Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    Shakespeare: The World as Stage is written by Bill Bryson as part of his Eminent Lives series. This biography is as an account of William Shakespeare's life. This book is published in 2007 by HarperCollins Publishing.

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    Kimberly Willis
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The solution matches the description well. It describes the book perfectly and is exactly spot on in the description...."
    Kimberly Willis
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The solution matches the description well. It describes the book perfectly and is exactly spot on in the description."
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    #3A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599
    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. Julius Caesar and Hamlet are among Shakespeare's works. This biography is published in 2006 by Harper Perennial.
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    Elaine Sun
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Art though interested in the greatest writer who doth lived? Read up on his life behind the writings he's so famous for with this book. I certainly learned some things worth..."
    Elaine Sun
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Art though interested in the greatest writer who doth lived? Read up on his life behind the writings he's so famous for with this book. I certainly learned some things worthy of sharing at my next literary club meeting! "
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    #4Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

    Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
    Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is written by Harold Bloom as an account of Shakespeare's writing and influence. This book is published in 1999 by Berkley Publishing Group.
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    Bryan Freeman
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is a great book for Shakespeare lovers all over the world. It covers the writing and influence of Shakespeare and it is very interesting and eye opening to me. I love the..."
    Bryan Freeman
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is a great book for Shakespeare lovers all over the world. It covers the writing and influence of Shakespeare and it is very interesting and eye opening to me. I love the setting of this book and the history it enlightens me with about the history and life of Shakespeare. "
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    #5Shakespeare After All

    Shakespeare After All

    Shakespeare After All is written by Marjorie Garber on all thirty-eight plays of William Shakespeare with bibliographies about the playwright as well as vocabulary guide. This is published in 2005 by Anchor Books.

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    Timothy Morales
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Shakespeare After All is a classic story that really puts Shakespeare's plays into a readable format. It's hugely popular and well rated. Colleges around the world refer to th..."
    Timothy Morales
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Shakespeare After All is a classic story that really puts Shakespeare's plays into a readable format. It's hugely popular and well rated. Colleges around the world refer to this book when they teach Shakespeare and rightfully so. This is definitely worth picking up if you're into Shakespeare."
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    #6Shakespeare: The Biography

    Shakespeare: The Biography

    Shakespeare: The Biography is written by Peter Ackroyd as an account of William Shakespeare's life. With over 600 pages, this biography on the playwright is published in 2006 by Anchor.
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    Paul Graham
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is an exceptional biography written in modern times. The author greatly appreciates Shakespeare and has done an excellent job of painting us a picture of his life while ..."
    Paul Graham
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is an exceptional biography written in modern times. The author greatly appreciates Shakespeare and has done an excellent job of painting us a picture of his life while being entertaining at the same time. "
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    #7Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? is written by James Shapiro as an examination on the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Grace Mason
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This is more fiction than non-fiction about William Shakespeare, in my opinion. And interesting read but not really what I was looking for...."
    Grace Mason
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This is more fiction than non-fiction about William Shakespeare, in my opinion. And interesting read but not really what I was looking for."
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    #8Shakespeare

    Shakespeare
    Shakespeare is written by Michael Wood as an account of William Shakespeare's life and works. With over 300 pages, this biography included both colored and black-and-white illustrations. This is published in 2004 by Basic Books.
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    George Castro
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Shakespeare tells of the accounts of the legendary writer. His works and personal life are included and expanded on. It also includes pictures of his life which makes the book..."
    George Castro
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Shakespeare tells of the accounts of the legendary writer. His works and personal life are included and expanded on. It also includes pictures of his life which makes the book even more interesting. "
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    #9Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide

    Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide

    Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide is written by John Barton with Luann Walther as the editor. This is a guide for actors in enacting Shakespeare's plays. First published in 1984, this book is republished in 2001 by Anchor.

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    Parakram Rangan
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Really useful book. It helps you understand the plays better from the characters' perspectives. Shakespeare is the greatest writer of all time...."
    Parakram Rangan
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Really useful book. It helps you understand the plays better from the characters' perspectives. Shakespeare is the greatest writer of all time."
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    #10Shakespeare: For All Time

    Shakespeare: For All Time
    Shakespeare: For All Time is written by Stanley Wells as an account of William Shakespeare's life. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA.
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    Gary Taylor
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A very good book about Shakespeare..."
    Gary Taylor
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A very good book about Shakespeare"
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    #11Bravo Mr. William Shakespeare!

    Bravo Mr. William Shakespeare!

    Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare! is a picture book for children by Marcia Williams. First published in 2000 by Walker Books limited, this picture book introduces children to some of the finest works from William Shakespeare.

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    Parakram Verma
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a good book about William Shakespeare, but it is only intended for a very young audience. That said, it is important to expose children to literature at a young age, s..."
    Parakram Verma
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a good book about William Shakespeare, but it is only intended for a very young audience. That said, it is important to expose children to literature at a young age, so I think it is still a valuable book to have. It's not for everyone, nor is it intended to be, but I would prefer that it is exists instead of another biography or re-working of the author's works that do not add any insights into what he is saying, or even, that potentially harm his legacy in some way."
    Douglas Webb
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Bravo Mr. William Shakespeare is a picture book that has an interesting detail and very colorful. The illustrations are so good and easy to follow and the flow of the story is awesome. It is an amazing book to read."
    Cynthia Mendez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A great picture book with several of the finest works of William Shakespeare. Great way to get your children interested into his works. Well written. Pictures are well done."
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    #12A Midsummer's Night Dream (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #19)

    A Midsummer's Night Dream (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #19)

    A Midsummer's Night Dream (The Sandman: Master of Dreams #19) is a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. First published in 1990 by DC Comics, it is the 19th issue in The Sandman Series.

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    Joseph Hernandez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is a rendition of an absolute classic, but it is not actually about William Shakespeare. There are plays for this story all over the world, and it is truly one of ou..."
    Joseph Hernandez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is a rendition of an absolute classic, but it is not actually about William Shakespeare. There are plays for this story all over the world, and it is truly one of our first looks at really good fantasy writing. If you are looking for something actually about William Shakespeare, though, this is not it."
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    #13Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Illustrated Stories From Shakespeare is a picture book for children by Rosie Dickins, Anna Claybourne, Lesley Sims, Conrad Mason, Louie Stowell, Christa Unzner-Fischer, Jana Costa, and Serena Riglietti.

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    Cheshta Nair
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a very enjoyable book. I don't personally care for Shakespeare, but this book really made it easy and fun to tolerate him. And my niece liked the pics as much as I d..."
    Cheshta Nair
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a very enjoyable book. I don't personally care for Shakespeare, but this book really made it easy and fun to tolerate him. And my niece liked the pics as much as I did."
    Jason Stephens
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "children are like this book because this story full of many pictures "
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    #14Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

    Green Tiger's Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare is a picture book for children by E. Nesbit and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. First published in 2009, this book focuses on selected works of William Shakespeare.

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    Jeffrey Fox
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I got this book for my kids when they were doing a segment on Shakespeare in school, and I found that it did a great job of conveying some of the plot basics from selected Sha..."
    Jeffrey Fox
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I got this book for my kids when they were doing a segment on Shakespeare in school, and I found that it did a great job of conveying some of the plot basics from selected Shakespeare works and farthing their interest in the topic. Hopefully this will inspire some continued interest as they get older."
    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A wonderful treat that my daughter was completely captivated by. The images are well done and keeps her interest for along time."
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    #15The Merchant of Venice: The Graphic Novel

    The Merchant of Venice: The Graphic Novel

    The Merchant of Venice: The Graphic Novel is an of William Shakespeare's novel with the same title. Adapted by John F. McDonald and illustrated by Vinod Kumar, it was first published in 2011 by Campire.

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    Billy Perry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "One of Shakespeare's classics. IF you have a difficult time with the Bard this book can be a help to you. Includes lots of original lines and it breaks down the play for you ..."
    Billy Perry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "One of Shakespeare's classics. IF you have a difficult time with the Bard this book can be a help to you. Includes lots of original lines and it breaks down the play for you along the way"

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Summary

Best books about William Shakespeare
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Will in the World Books 43 Paid
2 Shakespeare: The World as Stage Books 39 Paid
3 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 Books 36 Paid
4 Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human Books 34 Paid
5 Shakespeare After All Books 32 Paid
6 Shakespeare: The Biography Books 29 Paid
7 Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? Books 28 Paid
8 Shakespeare Books 26 Paid
9 Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide Books 23 Paid
10 Shakespeare: For All Time Books 20 Paid
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