Book Review: The Shakespeare Treasury by Catherine Alexander  

Published by Andre Deutsch Books

The Shakespeare Treasury is a fascinating collection of facts on Britain’s greatest playwright and insights into the enduring popularity of his work. Delving into the inspirations behind his masterworks and the influences of generations of performers, it reveals the incredible variety of ways Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted for stage and screen.

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, this quirky volume looks at the facts and myths of Shakespeare’s life and times as well as revealing little known stories about his plays and poems, including: the inspiration behind some of his best-loved characters, which actor played Hamlet over 500 times, and, the unusual item that Shakespeare left his wife Anne on his death.

This is a different book, offering an alternative insight into the life and works of Shakespeare, and would be useful for any student to read, adding extra context to their studies.