- A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare 1599 by James Shapiro, a new book.
- Shakespeare by Allardyce Nicoll - this is a British book, part of the Home Study Books series originally published in 1952, that I bought when I visited Stratford while in college, many years ago.
- Shakespeare by Mark Van Doren, written in 1939, I picked it up as a paperback at the Newberry Library book sale a couple of years ago.
- Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt - this one I have to buy yet.
The Nicoll Shakespeare is a series of essays exploring different theories about Shakespeare and his work, from the point of view of a British author.
The Van Doren Shakespeare has an essay for each of the plays.
As a "just in case" I also have The Folger Guide to Shakespeare from the Folger Library. And if I can find it, my sons' Tales from Shakespeare By Charles and Mary Lamb.
Should be an interesting time reading.