Shakespeare's Lives

by Samuel Schoenbaum. Oxford, $12.50. Professor Schoenbaum gets the solidly known facts about Shakespeare into 69 pages, and for another 700 entertains himself and the reader by describing the insubstantial pageants concocted out of this sparse material by legend-mongers, subjective biographers, Baconians, romanticists, Freudians, and plain liars.