Contents: Preface; Where we are now: new directions and biographical methods, J.R. Mulryne. Part 1 Shakespeare and the Art of Biography: Shakespeare in life and art: biography and Richard II, Blair Worden; Is the author dead? Or, the mermaids and the robot, John Carey; Calling all (Shakespeare) biographers! Or, a plea for documentary discipline, Alan H. Nelson; Shakespearean origins, Richard Dutton; Why didn't Shakespeare write religious verse?, Alison Shell; Shakespeare and the Geneva Bible: the circumstances, John W. Velz; Guy of Warwick, upstart crows and mounting sparrows, Helen Cooper; Shakespeare and the DNB, Peter Holland. Part 2 Christopher Marlowe: 'By my onely meanes sett downe': the texts of Marlowe's atheism, Charles Nicholl; Was Marlowe going to Scotland when he died, and does it matter?, Lisa Hopkins; Biographical representations: Marlowe's life of the author, Patrick Cheney; The poet in the play: life and art in Tamburlaine and The Jew of Malta, David Riggs. Part 3 Ben Jonson: The love life of Ben Jonson, Lloyd Davis; Looking sideways: Jonson, Shakespeare and the myths of envy, Ian Donaldson; Jonson in Scotland: Jonson's mid-Jacobean crisis, James Knowles; Jonson's Caroline coteries, Julie Sanders. Selected bibliographies, Takashi Kozuka; Index.