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In the publishing world, Shakespearean biography is a well that never seems to run dry

Two new books on the master playwright offer a refreshing reconsideration of his work

By Rhodri Lewis   Winter Special

Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Lucian Msamati as Iago in the RSC's 2015 production. Photo: Alastair Muir/Shutterstock

Although events in Westminster have (so far) spared us Boris Johnson’s promised book on Shakespeare, one could be forgiven for thinking that more popular studies of the playwright are being published than ever before. Shakespearean biography and pseudo-biography are wells that never seem to run dry; the market for Shakespeare as a political, moral, cultural, philosophical and religious prophet, like that for Shakespeare as a window on the history of the 16th- and…

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