Historical Scholarship

The works below are all in the public domain and freely available online from either Project Gutenberg or the HathiTrust Digital Library. Although these works date back a century or more, there is still valuable and historical information to be found in them. Authors such as Bradley and Chambers are part of the foundation upon which contemporary Shakespearean scholarship is based.

Author Title Year Published Catalog Link
Joseph Quincy Adams Shakespearean Playhouses 1917 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/22397
Arthur Acheson Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592 1920 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24500
Raymond MacDonald Alden A Shakespeare Handbook 1925 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/004439762
George Pierce Baker The Development of Shakespeare as a Dramatist 1910 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100543082
Bernard Beckerman Shakespeare at the Globe, 1599-1609 1962 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/66536
Frederick S. Boas Shakespeare and his Predecessors 1900 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001909133
Walter George Boswell-Stone Shakespeare's Holinshed: The Chronicle and the Historical Plays Compared 1907 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001365706
A.C. Bradley Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth 1919 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16966
Georg Brandes William Shakespeare: A Critical Study 1905 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50724
C.F. Tucker Brooke The Shakespeare Apocrypha 1918 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001018073
E.K. Chambers The Elizabethan Stage, Vol. I 1923 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/66003
Samuel T. Coleridge Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher 1874 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25585
Evan J. Cuthbertson William Shakespeare: The Story of his Life & Times 1897 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001368086
Francis Douce Illustrations of Shakspeare, and of Ancient Manners 1839 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50228
Nathan Drake Shakspeare and His Times, Vol. I 1817 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/53625
Nathan Drake Shakspeare and His Times, Vol. II 1817 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/53626
Henry Nicholson Ellacombe The Plant-Lore and Garden-Craft of Shakespeare 1884 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28407
Benjamin Rush Field Medical Thoughts of Shakespeare 1885 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/61366
François Guizot Shakspeare and His Times 1852 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/62602
Frank Harris The Man Shakespeare and His Tragic Life Story 1909 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/9079
William Hazlitt Characters of Shakespeare's Plays 1817 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5085
Henry Norman Hudson Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters (2 Volumes) 1872 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006057092
Maurice Jonas Shakespeare and the Stage 1918 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54410
Sir Sidney Lee A Life of William Shakespeare 1899 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23464
Sir Sidney Lee Shakespeare and the Modern Stage; with Other Essays 1907 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18780
M.W. MacCallum Shakespeare's Roman Plays and their Background 1925 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001366307
H.N. MacCracken, F.E. Pierce, and W.H. Durham An Introduction to Shakespeare 1925 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30982
Edward N. Naylor Shakespeare and Music 1896 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19676
William Allan Neilson The Facts About Shakespeare 1915 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100547196
J. M. Robertson Montaigne and Shakspere 1897 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25535
Mary Rose The Women of Shakespeare's Family 1905 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001018384
C.C. Stopes Shakespeare's Family 1901 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26315
C.C. Stopes Shakespeare's Warwickshire Contemporaries 1897 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100506787
T.F. Thiselton-Dyer Folk-lore of Shakespeare 1884 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32183
Albert H. Tolman Questions on Shakespeare, Part I 1910 https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001112237
William Winter Shakespeare's England 1892 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35105