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William Shakespeare

Playwright, Poet (23-Apr-1564 — 23-Apr-1616)


Peter Ackroyd. Shakespeare: The Biography. New York: Doubleday. 2005.

A. Brownlee. William Shakespeare and Robert Burton. Reading: Bradley and Son. 1960. 337pp. Exploring the possibility that Burton may have authored substantial portions of Shakespeare's plays.

Marchette Chute. Shakespeare of London. New York: Dutton. 1949. 397pp.

Benedetto Croce. Translated by Douglas Ainslie (from Italian). Ariosto, Shakespeare and Corneille. London: Ruskin House. 1920. 440pp.

Bertram Fields. Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare. New York: Regan Books. 2005. 320pp.

Stephen Greenblatt. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. New York: W. W. Norton. 2004. 430pp.

F. E. Halliday. Shakespeare and His World. London: Thames & Hudson. 1979. 147pp.

Anthony Holden. William Shakespeare: The Man Behind the Genius: A Biography. Boston: Little, Brown & Co.. 2000. 367pp.

Michael Keevak. Sexual Shakespeare: Forgery, Authorship, Portraiture. Wayne State University Press. 2001. 175pp.

Garry O'Connor. William Shakespeare: A Popular Life. New York: Applause. 2000.

A. L. Rowse. William Shakespeare: A Biography. New York: Harper & Row. 1963. 484pp.

Dominic Shellard. William Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press. 1999.

John Southworth. Shakespeare the Player: A Life in the Theatre. Sutton. 2000.

Stanley Wells. Shakespeare: A Life in Drama. W. W. Norton. 1995.


  1. Shakespeare: Actor. Playwright. Social Climber.
    by Jennifer Schuessler. The New York Times, 29-Jun-2016.


Below are references indicating presence of this name in another database or other reference material. Most of the sources listed are encyclopedic in nature but might be limited to a specific field, such as musicians or film directors. A lack of listings here does not indicate unimportance -- we are nowhere near finished with this portion of the project -- though if many are shown it does indicate a wide recognition of this individual.

  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  5. Wikipedia [link]

  6. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  7. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1333)

  9. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.217)

  10. Cassell Companion to Cinema (p.506)

  11. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.335)

  12. Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing (p.181)

  13. British Authors Before 1800 (pp.460-63)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.936)

  15. The Oxford Dictionary of Music (p.803)

  16. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.449)

  17. Concise Biographical Dictionary of Famous Men and Women (p.619)

  18. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (pp.760-68)

  19. Who's Who in Europe, 1450-1750 (p.272)

  20. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (pp.469-71)

  21. Encyclopedia of Concert Music (pp.418-20)

  22. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.25)

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