Lois Potter offers a critical biography of Shakespeare considering often-neglected literary and historical contexts.

The Life of William Shakespeare is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's life and works focusing on what Shakespeare read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing.

• Written by an eminent Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer

• Pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing

• Offers an intriguing account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist structured around the idea of memory

• Explores often neglected literary and historical contexts that illuminate Shakespeare's life and works

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