James Shapiro has been teaching English literature at Columbia University for over 25 years, during which time he has written numerous books about Shakespeare and early modern English literature. In 2006, Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his book 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. His most recent book, 1606: The Year of Lear, won the James Tait Black Prize.
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Writing a traditional biography of Shakespeare is impossible, says Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro. But here he selects the best five books that tackle the life of the Bard.