Here you’ll find my ongoing list of sources, from academic journals to TV productions. I’ll update this each week, 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
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
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
Barber, C.L., Shakespeare’s Festive Comedy; 1959, Princeton
Bate, Jonathan; Shakespeare and Ovid; 1993, Oxford: Clarendon Press
Bate, Jonathan; The Genius of Shakespeare, 1997, London: Picador
Bate, Jonathan; Jackson, Russell; Shakespeare: An Illustrated Stage History; 1996, Oxford: Oxford University Press
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
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
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
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
Clarke, Mary Cowden; The complete concordance to Shakespeare; 1881, London: Bickers & son
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
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; Howard, Jean E.; A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, Volume III: The Comedies; 2003, Oxford: Blackwell

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.
Kermode, Frank; Shakespeare’s Language; 2001, London: Penguin

Knight, G. Wilson; The Wheel of Fortune: Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Tragedy; 1930, London: Methuen
Mahood, M.M.; Playing Bit Parts in Shakespeare; 1998, London: Routledge
Partridge, Eric; Shakespeare’s Bawdy; 1968, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul
Silverbush, Rhona; Plotkin, Sami; Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated; 2002, New York: Faber and Faber
Tillyard, E.M.W; Shakespeare’s Early Comedies; 1965, London: Chatto and Windus
Vickers, Brian (ed.); Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage (6-vol); 1974-81, Routledge

Wells, Stanley; Shakespeare & Co; 2006, London: Penguin
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