Superb…The catalogue should be in every school library in the land. Indeed, every such library should have 20 copies in armour-plated bindings that will survive a century of careless handling. Indeed, I shall go further and suggest that every student of English literature should have his own copy and that the book should never go out of print.
Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
One of those books where you can't turn the pages fast enough.
Richard Dorment, 'Summer Reading Special', The Daily Telegraph
The objects themselves are extraordinary.
Caroline McGinn, Time Out
The book is full of illuminating wonders.
Jerry Brotton, BBC History Magazine
Stands by itself as a scholarly and enormously enjoyable portrait of an age and of the world as known to its greatest dramatist.
2012 Books of the Year column, The Spectator magazine
This beautifully illustrated historical treasure trove breathes new life into the conception of characters such as Hamlet. Jonathan Bate and Dora Thornton have produced a fascinating and scholarly study of the writer and his rich range of influences.
Editor's choice, The Good Book Guide
This book gets into the very fabric of both literature and life.
Michael Kerrigan, Saturday Scotsman
Sumptuous, rigorously-researched and beautifully illustrated.
Dr. Claire Cochrane, Theatre scholar of the University of Worcester
A fine catalogue, [one] which increases the value of an outstanding, not-to-be missed exhibition.
The Lady magazine
Not only is the exhibition winning acclaim from the critics, but its catalogue has proved an impressive work of Shakespeare scholarship in itself.
The Daily Telegraph
Bate’s and Thornton’s thematic approach and apt choice of objects often brings a fresh perspective to bear on the familiar.
The Burlington Magazine