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Posted December 15, 2011
Peter Ackroyd's biography of Shakespeare is definitely one of the very best. He immerses us in the times and places of Shakespeare's life in ways that clearly show how intricately interwoven with them he and his works really are. When he speculates, Ackroyd does so convincingly and with care, using established fact as his points of departure, and he is reasonably careful to flag his speculations as such. Ackroyd draws on the huge amount of research done in recent decades on how people lived in those times, to great effect. He is more thoroughgoing that any other modern biographer. A must read. The other great modern WS biography that I recommend with equal urgency is by Katherine Duncan-Jones: Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life. A perfect complement to Ackroyd's book, and very different in tone. Read both!
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