Professor Emma J. Smith is lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, and a Fellow of Hertford College.
Praise for previous works by Emma Smith Delightful * Telegraph * Praise for previous works by Emma Smith Brilliantly approachable and entertaining ... anarchic, counterintuitive, critical ... perfect -- Alex Preston * Observer * Praise for previous works by Emma Smith: Delightful... there is a bite in Smith's exuberant tales of buying, selling and displaying Shakespeare... beautifully judged, impeccably researched yet wry and affectionate -- Jerry Brotton * Financial Times * Praise for previous works by Emma Smith: A fascinating and provocative book -- Daniel Swift * Spectator * A fascinating new perspective and an absolute pleasure to read -- Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing If I were asked to recommend one guide for readers keen on discovering what's at stake in Shakespeare's plays, This Is Shakespeare would be it. Deeply informed, never dogmatic, and alert to how performance matters, Emma Smith understands that Shakespeare's plays prompt questions rather than provide answers. Her elegantly written and sharply observed book is richly rewarding. -- James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare