Shakespeare and his plays- the two are inseparable and so this author finds them, for this is not only a biography- and a good one- but a story of those plays and the influences upon them of the period in which Shakespeare lived. Charles Norman, who has a course on Shakespeare at N.Y. University, shows how deeply his plays were influenced by his personal life and the events of the day; he traces these events through the plays, and uses extracts and quotations to prove his points and clarify statements. This is the kind of intelligent and well-written biographical analysis to which young people are too seldom exposed. It is a book anyone over twelve could read with pleasure and deep interest, while Junior High and High School libraries would find it invaluable as supplementary reading for Shakespeare study. Link this with a book published by Coward, McCann in February, Hodges' Shakespeare and the Players (see P. 63), a fascinating account of the theatre and players of Shakespeare's time.