Sir Stanley Wells is a Shakespearean scholar, writer, professor and editor. He is honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, emeritus professor at the University of Birmingham, and honorary emeritus governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He was knighted in 2016 for services to scholarship.
Interviews with Stanley Wells
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.
Interviews where books by Stanley Wells were recommended
by Katherine Duncan-Jones & William Shakespeare
The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets
by Helen Vendler & William Shakespeare
All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
by Paul Edmonson, Stanley Wells & Willliam Shakespeare
The Afterlife of Shakespeare's Sonnets
by Jane Kingsley-Smith
by Jen Bervin
Lucy Negro, Redux
by Caroline Randall Williams
The beauty of Shakespeare’s sonnets speaks to us down the centuries, their lines peaking out at us from the titles of famous books or enjoying outings at weddings or other romantic occasions. But they were not always regarded as perfectly-formed jewels, and the relationships they portray not as conventional as many of us presume. Here, Shakespeare scholar Scott Newstok talks us through books that help us learn more about Shakespeare’s sonnets, from the best introduction to the poems for students through to their afterlife and recent creative interpretations.