I always dread the time of year when your English teacher wants you to read a biography. I have English Lit. this year so I could only read a biography about someone from England. I honestly just picked this up at the library and expected to drudge through it. I was pleasently surprised when I found it to be more enjoyable than it appears. The author takes the time to describe his home town and his family before talking about Shakespear himself. This helped me understand some of Shakespeares actions and parts in his plays that I never really understood before. I would defenitly recommened this for a Shakespeare buff or someone who just wants to get through another school requirement!