Looking for recommendations on Shakespeare’s best plays, or the best books on Shakespeare’s life? Five Books has a collection of interviews with prominent Shakespeare scholars.
Selecting Shakespeare’s best plays from King Lear to Pericles, we have Stanley Wells, general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare and Penguin Shakespeare; Emma Smith, Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and widely acclaimed lecturer in iTunes podcasts; and René Weis, Renaissance scholar at University College London.
Meanwhile, James Shapiro—award-winning author of 1599 and 1606, and Professor of English at Columbia University—selects the best books not by Shakespeare, but on Shakespeare’s life.
Shakespearean scholar Emma Smith picks her five favourite plays of the Bard, and controversially argues that not only are some of his plays just too long, but also that the most moving moments in Shakespeare’s oeuvre are where we might not expect them
In our Shakespeare series, we ask experts to select their favourite plays from the Bard’s oeuvre. Here, preeminent Shakespearean scholar Sir Stanley Wells chooses five plays that best chart the evolution of the Bard of Avon during his 25-year career.