Will in the World.
W.W. Norton, 386 pages, $26.95
Who among us hasnt read, heard, or uttered the complaint, Isnt it too bad that we know so little about the life of Shakespeare? Actually, we know more about Shakespeare than about most of his contemporary playwrights; new biographies of him keep appearing, some of them even yielding new facts or insights. Recently, there has been Peter Levis Life and Times of William Shakespeare, Gary Taylors Reinventing Shakespeare, Ian Wilsons Shakespeare: The Evidence, I. L. Matuss Shakespeare in Fact, Stanley Wellss Shakespeare: A Life in Drama, Park Honans Shakespeare: A Life, Garry OConnors William Shakespeare: A Popular Life, and, a little more tangentially, Frank Kermodes Age of Shakespeare. Now comes Stephen Greenblatts Will...