Here you’ll find my ongoing list of sources, from academic journals to TV productions. I’ll update this regularly (so it currently only focuses on parts that I have covered), but consider all parts of it a work in progress.

With a thousand thanks to the National Library of Australia and the libraries of Australian National University, Canberra, and the University of Melbourne. Also ever grateful to the State Library of Victoria, and the library services of the City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip.

Key for multimedia:
d: director; w: writer; p: producer; s: starring; c: conductor; m: music; l: lyrics; b: book (musical)

Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Bate, Jonathan; Rasmussen, Eric (eds); William Shakespeare: Complete Works; Royal Shakespeare Company, 2007, Hampshire: Macmillan
Bate, Jonathan; Rasmussen, Eric; Sewell, Jan; Sharpe, Will (eds); William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays; Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013, Hampshire: Macmillan
Irving, Sir Henry (ed); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Also His Life, His Will, and an Introduction to  the Plays; 1926, Cleveland: World Syndicate Company Inc.
Wells, Stanley; Taylor, Gary; Jowett, John (eds); The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd ed.); 2005, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


If you’re serious about Shakespeare studies, academic journals are the way to go. Many can be accessed through reliable library websites such as JSTOR and Project MUSE. Individual access will set you back a fair amount, but check with your local, state, or national library. In Australia, for instance, anyone can get a library card to the National Library and access such resources from home. Some are only accessible, unfortunately, through universities, which usually restrict e-resources to actual students and staff, not external members. Still, there is a lifetime of deeper reading available for the armchair scholar. (And it’s always grand to read the highs and lows of critical eras gone by.)

Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, twice-yearly (2005 – present), published by the University of Georgia English Department
The Shakespeare Association Bulletin, 24 vol (1924-1949), published by Folger Shakespeare Library
Shakespeare Bulletin, quarterly (1982 – present), published by Johns Hopkins University Press
Shakespeare Quarterly, quarterly (1950 – present, following on from The Shakespeare Association Bulletin), published by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Johns Hopkins University Press. Still the high water-mark for Shakespeare studies, the first 62 years are available at JSTOR while new articles are released for those lucky ducks with access to Project MUSE.
Shakespeare Studies, annual (1973 – present, published by Boston University)
Shakespeare Survey, annual (1948 – present), published by Cambridge University Press
The Shakespeare Yearbook, annual (1990 – ??), published by Texas A&M University – I can’t find this anywhere as of 2017, so wondering if this has ceased publication.
The Upstart Crow, annual (1980 – 2012), published by Clemson University

General Non-fiction

Abbott, E.A.; A Shakespearian Grammar (3rd ed.); 1886, London: Macmillan and Company
Abrams, M.H. (ed); The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 1 (6th ed.); 1993, New York: W.W. Norton & Company
Ackroyd, Peter, Shakespeare: The Biography, (Chatto & Windus, 2005)
Armstrong, E.K.; Shakespeare’s Imagination; 1946, London: Lindsay Drummond Ltd.
Armstrong, Jane; The Arden Shakespeare Miscellany; 2001, London: Methuen
Asimov, Isaac; Asimov on Shakespeare (2-vol);1978, Avenel
Astington, John H., Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time: The Art of Stage Playing (Cambridge, 2010)
Auden, W.H.; “The Joker in the Pack” in The Dyer’s Hand; 1963, London: Faber & Faber
Baldwin, T.W; William Shakspere’s Small Latine & Lesse Greeke (2-vol); 1944, Urbana: Illinois
Baldwin, T.W, On the Literary Genetics of Shakespeare’s Poems and Sonnets (Urbana, 1950)
Baldwin, T.W., On Act and Scene Division in the Shakespeare First Folio (Urbana, 1965)
Baldwin, T.W., Shakespeare’s Five Act Structure (Urbana, 1947)
Barber, C.L., Shakespeare’s Festive Comedy; 1959, Princeton
Bate, Jonathan; Shakespeare and Ovid; 1993, Oxford: Clarendon Press
Bate, Jonathan, The Romantics on Shakespeare (Harmondsworth, 1992)
Bate, Jonathan; The Genius of Shakespeare, 1997, London: Picador
Bate, Jonathan; Jackson, Russell; Shakespeare: An Illustrated Stage History; 1996, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Beauman, Sally, The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades (Oxford, 1982)
Berry, Cicely; The Actor and the Text; 2000, New York: Applause Theatre Book Publishers
Bevington, David; Shakespeare: The Seven Ages of Human Experience; 2005, Oxford: Blackwell;
Blake, N.F.; Shakespeare’s Non-standard English; 2004, London: Thoemmes Continuum
Blanpied, John W., Time and the Artist in Shakespeare’s English Histories (University of Delaware Press, 1983)
Bloom, Harold, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human; 1998, New York: Riverhead Books
Bloom, Harold (ed.); William Shakespeare: Comedies; 2009, New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism
Bogdanov, Michael; Shakespeare: The Director’s Cut (combined edition); 2003, Capercaillie Books
Bogdanov, Michael; Pennington, Michael; The English Shakespeare Company: The Story of the “Wars of the Roses”, 1986-1989; 1992, London: Nick Hern Books
Booth, Stephen; King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition and Tragedy; 1983, Yale University Press
Boose, Lynda E. & Burt, Richard (ed), Shakespeare the Movie: Popularising the Plays on Film, TV and Video, 2 vols (London and New York, 1997)
Borges, Jorge Luis; Fables; trans. James Irby in Labyrinths: Selected Stories and other Writings; 1964, New York: New Directions
Bradley, A.C.; Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth; 1904, Macmillan, republished 2007, Palgrave
Bradshaw, Graham; Shakespeare’s Scepticism; 1987, Brighton: Harvester Press
Brockbank, Philip (ed); Players of Shakespeare 1; 1988, Cambridge University Press
Brook, G.L.; The Language of Shakespeare; 1976, John Wiley & Sons
Bryson, Bill; Shakespeare: The World as Stage; 2007, United Kingdom: Harper Press
Bullough, Geoffrey; Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare, Volume One: Early Comedies, Poems, Romeo and Juliet; 1957, New York: Columbia University Press

Burgess, Anthony; Shakespeare; 1970, London: Jonathan Cape
Callaghan, Dympna; A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare; 2000, New York: John Wiley & Sons
Carroll, William C., The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (Princeton, 1985)
Cartelli, Thomas, “Jack Cade in the Garden: Class Consciousness and Class Conflict in 2 Henry VI” in Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England, ed Richard Burton and John Michael Archer (Cornell University Press, 1994)
Cavell, Stanley; Disowning Knowledge in Seven Plays of Shakespeare; 1987, Cambridge University Press
Cercignani, Fausto; Shakespeare’s Works and Elizabethan Pronunciation; 1981, Clarendon Press
Chambers, E.K.; William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems (2-vol); 1930, Oxford
Cheney, Patrick ed, The Cambridge Companion to Shakepseare’s Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Clarke, Mary Cowden; The complete concordance to Shakespeare; 1881, London: Bickers & son
Collins, Michael J. (ed), Shakespeare’s Sweet Thunder: Essayso n the Early Comedies (Newark, 1997)
Cotrave, John; The English Treasury of Wit and Language; 1655, published online at; Accessed May 2017
Cousins, A.D. et alThe Shakespeare Encyclopedia; 2009, Sydney: Global Book Publishing
Cowden Clarke, Mary; The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines; 1850, republished by Cambridge, 2009
Crystal, David and Ben, Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary and Language Companino (2002)
Dent, R.W., Shakespeare’s Proverbial Language: An Index (1981)
Dessen, Alan C., “Stagecraft and Imagery in Shakespeare’s Henry VI”, Yearbook of English Studies 23 (1993)
Dobson, Michael and Wells, Stanley, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (Oxford University Press, 201)
Dromgoole, Dominic; Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life; 2007, London: Penguin
Duffin, Ross W.; Shakespeare’s Sogbook; 2004, New York: W.W. Norton & Company
Duncan-Jones, Katherine; Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life; 2010, London: Methuen
Dutton, Richard, William Shakespeare: A Literary Life (Macmillan, 1989)
Dutton, Richard; Howard, Jean E.; A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, Volume III: The Comedies; 2003, Oxford: Blackwell

Eagles, Jonathan, Watching Shakespeare: A Theatregoer’s Review of the RSC, 1980-95 (1997)
Empson, William, Seven Types of Ambiguity (1935, rev 1953)
Friedman, Winifred H., Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery (New York, 1976)
Frye, Nothrop, A Natural Perspective: The Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance (New York, 1965)
Gay, Anne, As She Likes It: Shakespeare’s Unruly Women (1994)
Goddard, Harold C.; The Meaning of Shakespeare (2-vol); 1951, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Greenblatt, Stephen; Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia; The New Yorker, June 2017
Greenblatt, Stephen; Will in the World; 2004, New York: W.W. Norton & Company

Hazlitt, William; Characters of Shakespear’s Plays; 1906, London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.
Greer, Germaine, Shakepeare’s Wife (2007)
Grote, David, The Best Actors in the World: Shakespeare and His Acting Company (2002)
Gurr, Andrew, Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London (Cambridge, 1992)
Gurr Andrew, The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642, 3rd edn (Cambridge, 1992)
Hall, Edward, The Union of the Two Noble and Illustrious Families of Lancaster and York (1548)
Hazlitt, William, The Round Table and Characters of Shakespear’s Plays, ed. Catherine M. Maclean (1906)
Henslowe, Philip, Henslowe’s Diary, ed. R.A. Foakes and R.T. Rickert (Cambridge, 1961)
Hinman, Charlton, The Printing and Proof-Reading of the First Folio of Shakesepare, 2 vols (Oxford, 1963)
Holinshed, Raphael, Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, 2nd edn (1587)
Hyland, Peter, An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Poems (Palgrave, 2003)
Jones, Emrys, The Origins of Shakespeare (Oxford, 1977)
Kastan, David Scott (ed.), A Companion to Shakespeare (Oxford, 1999)
Kermode, Frank; Shakespeare’s Language; 2001, London: Penguin

Knight, G. Wilson; The Wheel of Fortune: Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Tragedy; 1930, London: Methuen
Kendall, Gillian Murray, “Lend me thy Hand: Metaphor and Mayhem in Titus Andronicus”, Shakespeare Quarterly 40, no. 3 (Autumn 1989)
Kermode, Frank, Shakespeare’s Language (Penguin, 2000)
King, T.J., Casting Shakespeare’s Plays: London Actors and their Roles, 1590-1642 (Cambridge, 1992)
Kirsch, A.C., Shakespeare and the Experience of Love (Cambridge University Press, 1981)
Knight, G. Wilson, The Mutual Flame: On Shakespeare’s Sonnets and ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle’ (1955)
Knight, G. Wilson, The Imperial Theme: Further Interpretations of Shakespeare’s tragedies including the Roman plays (1931)
Kott, Jan, Shakespeare Our Contemporary
Lamb, Charles and Mary, Tales from Shakespeare (1909)
Mahood, M.M. (Molly), Shakespeare’s Wordplay (1957)
Mahood, M.M.; Playing Bit Parts in Shakespeare; 1998, London: Routledge
Mangan, Michael, A Preface to Shakespeare’s Comedies (Longman, 1996)
Marlowe, The Complete Poems and Translations, ed. Stephen Orgel (Harmondsworth, 1971)
Marrapodi, Michele (ed), Shakespeare’s Italy (Manchester, 1993)
Miola, Robert S. (ed) “The Comedy of Errors: Critical Essays” (Garland, 1997)
Muir, Kenneth, The Sources of Shakespeare’s Plays (New Haven, 1977)
Nuttall, A.D., Shakespeare the Thinker (New Haven, 2007)
Ovid, Metamorphoses (trans. Arthur Golding), ed. John Frederick Nims (New York, 1965)
Ovid, Heroides, trans. Grant Showerman (1914)
Partridge, Eric; Shakespeare’s Bawdy; 1968, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul
Pendleton, Thomas A., ed: “Henry VI: Critical Essays” (Routledge, 2001)
Plutarch, Lives (trans. Bernadette Perrin, 1914-26)
Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans (trans. Sir Thomas North), 1579
Rubinstein, Frankie, A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Sexual Puns and their Significance, 2nd edn (New York, 1995)
Schiffer, James, ed. “Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Critical Essays” (Garland, 1999)
Schoenbaum, Samuel, William Shakespeare: A Documentary Life (Oxford, 1975)
Schoenbaum, Samuel, Shakespeare’s Lives, rev. edn (Oxford, 1991)
Shapiro, Michael, Children of the Revels: The Boy Companies of Shakespeare’s Times and their Plays (New York, 1977)
Shaw, George Bernard, Shaw on Shakespeare: An Anthology of Bernard Shaw’s Writings on the Plays and Production of Shakespeare, ed. Edwin Wilson (New York, 1961)
Sidney, Philip, The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, ed. Maurice Evans (1977)
Silverbush, Rhona; Plotkin, Sami; Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated; 2002, New York: Faber and Faber
Smith, Bruce, Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare’s England: A Cultural Poetics (Chicago, 1991)
Spevack, Marvin, A Complete and Systematic Concordance to the Works of Shakespeare, 9 vols (Hildesheim, 1968-80)
Stern, Tiffany, Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (Cambridge, 2009)
Suetonius, The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, trans J.C. Rolfe (1914)
Taylor, Gary and Wells, Stanley, William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion (Oxford, 1987)
Thompson, Ann, Shakespeare’s Chaucer: A Study in Literary Origins (New York, 1978)
Tillyard, EMW, Shakespeare’s History Plays (1944)
Tillyard, E.M.W; Shakespeare’s Early Comedies; 1965, London: Chatto and Windus
Tillyard, EMW, Shakespeare’s Early Comedies (Chatto & Windus, 1965)
Vickers, Brian (ed.); Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage (6-vol); 1974-81, Routledge

Wells, Stanley; Shakespeare & Co; 2006, London: Penguin
Wells, Stanley, Re-Editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader (Oxford, 1984)
Wells, Stanley (ed), Nineteenth-Century Shakespeare Burlesques (1977)
Willis, Susan, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill, 1991)
Wilson, Christopher; Shakespeare and Music; 1922, reprinted 1977, New York: Da Capo Press
Wilson Knight, G.; The Wheel of Fortune: Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Tragedy; 1930, London: Methuen
Woodhuysen, H.R; Norbrook, David (ed.); The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse; 2005, London: Penguin

General Fiction

Ashley, Mike, Shakespearean Whodunnits: Murders and Mysteries Based on Shakespeare’s Plays; 1997, London: Robinson Publishing
Burgess, Anthony; Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare’s Love-Life; 1964, London: Penguin
Nye, Robert; The Late Mr. Shakespeare; 1998, London: Allison & Busby


The Dresser. d: Peter Yates, w: Ronald Harwood, s: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay. Columbia Pictures, 1983
The Dresser. d: Richard Eyre, w: Richard Eyre après Ronald Harwood, s: Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins. BBC, 2015
Shakespeare in Love. d: John Madden, w: Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Miramax Film Corp and Universal Studios, 1998, DVD
Shakespeare Wallah. d: James Ivory, w: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Merchant Ivory Productions, 1965


In Search of Shakespeare. Michael Wood. PBS, BBC-TV, 2004
Playing Shakespeare. d: John Carlaw and Peter Walker, w: John Barton, p: Andrew Snell. BBC-TV, 1982, DVD
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales.p: Renat Zinnurov. BBC-TV, Soyuzmultfilm, 1992-1994

Music and audio

Shakespeare’s Songbook: Ballads, Rounds, Ayres & other Songs from the Plays of William Shakespeare (2 vol); p: Ross W. Duffin; 2004, Cleveland: Azica Records


Bernard Shaw, G.; Shakes versus Shav: A Puppet Play; 1953, Lanchester Marionettes
Harwood, Ronald; The Dresser; 1980, Amber Lane Press Ltd.
Robinson, Keith; Taylor, Tony; The Popular Mechanicals; 1992, Currency Press

The plays

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Diana, pastoral romance by Jorge de Montemayor


Bate, Jonathan; Rasmussen, Eric, (eds); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The RSC Shakespeare, 2001, Basingstoke: Macmillan
Bergeron, David M.; “Wherefore Verona in The Two Gentlemen of Verona?” in Comparative Drama 41.4, Dec 22, 2007
Bond, R. Warwick (ed.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Arden Shakespeare, First Series, 1906, London: Methuen.
Brooks, Harold F; “Two clowns in a comedy (to say nothing of the dog): Speed, Launce (and Crab) in The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in Essays and Studies. XVI: 91–100; 1963.
Carroll, William C. (ed.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series, 2004, London: Thompson Learning.
Crawford, Julie; “The Homoerotics of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Comedies” in Dutton v.3, 2003
Elyot, Sir Thomas, The Governour Bk II, Ch XII (Titus and Gisippus), 1531 in Bullough v.1
Gervinus, G.G.; “Second Period of Shakespear’s Dramatic Poetry: The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in Shakespeare’s Commentaries, F.E. Bunnett (ed.), AMS Press, 1971
Guare, John; MacDermott, Galt; Shapiro, Mel après Shakespeare, William; Two Gentlemen of Verona; 1973, New York
Hunter, G.K.; John Lyly: The Humanist as Courtier; 1962, Cambridge, Mass.
Leech, Clifford (ed.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Arden Shakespeare, Second Series, 1969, London: Methuen
Lyly, John, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, 1579 in Bullough v.1
Masten, Jeffrey; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, in Dutton v.1, 2003
de Montemayor, J; Diana Enamorada, trans: B. Yonge, 1598, in Bullough v.1
Quiller-Couch, A; Dover-Wilson, J; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; New Cambridge Edition, 1921
Rivlin, Elizabeth; Mimetic Service in the Two Gentlemen of Verona, in Bloom: Comedies
Rossky, William; “The Two Gentlemen of Verona as burlesque” in English Literary Review 12, 1982
Sanders, Norman (ed.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The New Penguin Shakespeare, 1968, London: Penguin.
Schlueter, June (ed.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Critical Essays; 1996, New York: Garland.
Schlueter, Kurt (ed.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The New Cambridge Shakespeare, 1990, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stephenson, W.E.; “The Adolescent Dream-World of the Two Gentlemen of Verona”; Shakespeare Quarterly vol. 17

Simmons, J.L.; “Coming Out in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona” in English Literary History 60, 1993

Taylor, Keith; The Banished Men in Ashley, 1997
Wells, Stanley; “The Failure of The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in Shakespeare Jahrbüch, 1963


The Two Gentlemen of Verona; d: James Sandoe; Oregon Shakespeare Company, 1957 Audio recording
The Two Gentlemen of Verona; d: George Rylands; Marlowe Shakespeare Company, 1959 Audio
MacDermot, Galt; Guare, John après William Shakespeare; Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1971 Original Broadway Cast, (C)
2002 CD, Decca
The Two Gentlemen of Verona; d: Don Taylor, p: Shaun Sutton; BBC-TV (1983), 2005 DVD
The Two Gentlemen of Verona; d: Clive Brill; Arkangel Shakespeare, 2006 CD
The Two Gentlemen of Verona; d: Simon Godwin; Royal Shakespeare Company, 2014 DVD