By Me, William Shakespeare

by Robert Payne.Everest House, $14.95. Falstaff claimed to he “the cause of wit in other men”; his author, if living, could claim to be the cause of an endless stream of books by other men. It seems impossible that there can be anything new to write about gentle Shakespeare, but Mr. Payne, pursuing patterns of thought and imagery in the plays, does indeed justify one more volume. For one thing, his Shakespeare is not gentle. Bibliography, notes, appendixes, index, illustrations.