An invaluable contribution to the literature on Shakespeare, though there will be some who feel that the form in which it is written militates against its value as a tool for the researcher. It does, however, add to readability for the layman. Here we have not a literary biography in the strictest sense but all that concerns Shakespeare as an Elizabethan. The plays are discussed as they relate to the working problems of the London stage. We see Shakespeare as businessman, producer, playwright, manager, technician. We see him against his background of the stage, his friends, his contemporaries. There is a sense of contemporary documentation throughout. Extraneous material is contained in three appendices:- the Sonnets, stories of his life current during the Restoration, attacks on the editors of the First Folio. Selected Bibliography. Marchette Chute's delightful Geoffrey Chaucer of England is passport to her audience appeal.