Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life” as Want to Read:
William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Covering 400 years of Shakespeare scholarship, Schoenbaum's now classic William Shakespeare: A Documentary Life received high acclaim from critics and scholars. The New York Review of Books called it "a masterpiece," and the Guardian labeled it "our best life of Shakespeare."
Making the resources of the world's greatest Shakespeare collections more accessible to all reader
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 14th 1987 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 21st 1977)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about William Shakespeare, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about William Shakespeare

Will in the World by Stephen GreenblattShakespeare by Bill BrysonA Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James ShapiroShakespeare by Harold BloomThe Riverside Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Best Books About Shakespeare
28th out of 159 books — 119 voters
Confessions by Jean-Jacques RousseauWill in the World by Stephen GreenblattI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouCharles Dickens by Claire TomalinMemoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Literary biographies
174th out of 339 books — 57 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 128)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Nov 02, 2008 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: outside-reading
This extremely well researched book collects all of the available documentary evidence regarding Shakespeare and his associates into one compact life. As a biography it does not give a clear driving narration of the poet's life, but rather tries to tell his story through the evidence that is left to us. He does a great job debunking myths and citing sources. As a "story" of Shakespeare's life, this is not the first volume I would turn to, but rather would look at a biography in one of the "colle ...more
Mar 25, 2013 William rated it really liked it
There are very few established facts about Shakespeare's life. Because of that most biographers of Shakespeare are forced to speculate. This 'documentary life' tries to avoid the pitfalls of speculation, and builds a life around what few fact we have about the man and the times. It is, perhaps, the best source book for what we do know about the greatest poet and playwright of the English language.
Oct 20, 2011 Heraklia rated it it was amazing
Until I read "Will in the World," I had long believed this to be the best of all Shakespearian biographies, and it still has worlds to offer. Just don't limit yourself to it as a single source!
Tom Delise
Oct 13, 2011 Tom Delise rated it it was amazing
I think it is still the best Shakespeare bio out there.
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 13, 2016
Sarah Gray
Sarah Gray marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2016
Dylan Key
Dylan Key marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2016
Joel marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2016
Fergus Carroll
Fergus Carroll rated it it was amazing
Jul 11, 2016
Kyara Floris
Kyara Floris marked it as to-read
Apr 14, 2016
Arturo Pina
Arturo Pina marked it as to-read
Mar 28, 2016
Anca  Ciochina
Anca Ciochina marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2016
Norrie rated it it was amazing
Feb 16, 2016
Luk marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2016
Michael marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2016
Jay marked it as to-read
Nov 25, 2015
Lauren marked it as to-read
Aug 29, 2015
Megan Gery
Megan Gery marked it as to-read
May 12, 2015
Casey McKinnon
Casey McKinnon marked it as to-read
May 12, 2015
Luyanda Khumalo
Luyanda Khumalo marked it as to-read
May 07, 2015
Rachel added it
May 06, 2015
Mark Vigna
Mark Vigna marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2015
Kris Posohova
Kris Posohova rated it really liked it
Apr 11, 2015
Meadow marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2015
Aaronpuj rated it liked it
Mar 15, 2015
Zack rated it liked it
Apr 02, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book