You don't need to be a Shakespeare keener to appreciate this book. Asquith argues that two poems (popular at the time but rarely read today) show the ways in which Shakespeare criticized the conduct of Elizabeth I. It makes for a thought provoking read, and there's a contemporary connection too: How do writers respond when the state restricts freedom of expression? That's a question we can all contemplate. Well suited to English lit grads as well as the general reader.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)