Shakepeare’s Library

Shakepeare’s Library


by Stuart Kells

31 OCTOBER 2019

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Pub Date: 31 October, 2019
Extent: 352pp
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925603774
Rights: World (excl. North America): Text Publishing

From acclaimed author and ardent bibliophile Stuart Kells comes an exploration of the quest to find the personal library of the world’s most famous author.

Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the world’s most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeare’s library, is a mystery. For four centuries people have searched for it: in mansions, palaces and libraries; in riverbeds, sheep pens and partridge coops; and in the corridors of the mind. Yet no trace of the bard’s manuscripts, books or letters has ever been found.

The search for Shakespeare’s library is much more than a treasure hunt. The library’s fate has profound implications for literature, for national and cultural identity, and for the global Shakespeare industry. It bears upon fundamental principles of art, identity, history, meaning and truth.

Unfolding the search like the mystery story that it is, acclaimed author Stuart Kells follows the trail of the hunters, taking us through different conceptions of the library and of the man himself. Entertaining and enlightening, Shakespeare’s Library is a captivating exploration of one of literature’s most enduring enigmas.


‘Stuart Kells presents a fascinating and persuasive new paradigm that challenges our preconceptions about the Bard’s literary talent.’ Age

‘A delight to read, a wonderful piece of erudition and dazzling detective work.’ David Astle, Evenings on ABC Radio Melbourne

‘Fascinating’ Courier Mail

‘A tale full of twists and turns, fascinating, colourful characters and elusive treasures.’ Daily Telegraph

‘An enchanting work that bibliophiles will savor and Shakespeare fans adore.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A fascinating examination of a persistent literary mystery.’ Publishers Weekly

‘The most marvellous book, it’s full of nooks and crannies and highways and byways.’ Michael Cathcart