Books I read 2018

This is a perhaps-incomplete, after-the-fact list of books I’m positive I did read during 2018.

Notes, not reviews

The premise of Leslie Hotson’s book on a Shakespeare portrait is not widely accepted. Here’s the scathing section in the Wikipedia article Portraits of Shakespeare: A Man Clasping a Hand from a Cloud, by Nicholas Hilliard dated 1588. This was identified as Shakespeare by Leslie Hotson in his book Shakespeare by Hilliard (1977). Skeptical scholars believe this is unlikely. Roy Strong suggested that it is Lord Thomas Howard, first Earl of Suffolk. (National Portrait Gallery, London)