Books about Stratfordians

Marie Corelli, Shakespeare's Champion

Jann Tracy

Walking Stork Publications, 2017, 130pp

Sympathetic portrait, from a feminist perspective, of a famous, fearless and outspoken woman.

A Parson and his Parish: The work of the Reverend George Arbuthnot

Freda Kitcher

Gem Publishing, 2006, 127pp

The energetic and charismatic vicar of Stratford from 1878 to 1908, a period of great change in the town and renovation of Holy Trinity church

James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps: Shakespearean scholar and bookman

Marvin Spevack

Oak Knoll Press, 2001, 612pp

Massive biography of the enigmatic antiquarian book collector, who toward the end of his life engaged in a bitter dispute with Charles Flower over the records in the town archive.

The Mysterious Miss Marie Corelli: Queen of Victorian Bestsellers

Teresa Ransom

Sutton Publishing, 1999, 256pp

Her thirty novels were devoured by millions, but her past was obscured by such a fog of lies and concealment that it was impossible to discover.

Mr Quatremain's Stratford: The romantic image

Patricia McFarland

Herald Press, 1990, 60pp

Profile of the town and its resident artist who for 50 years from 1880 to 1930 painted thousands of charming views of the town and its buildings

Robert Dibdale of Stratford-upon-Avon 1556-1586

Thomas H Band

Bloomfield, 1987, 28pp

Brief account of the man born in Shottery, who attended the Grammar School, and went on to be ordained as a Catholic priest, for which he was brutally executed by the Elizabethan regime

The Dillen: Memories of a man of Stratford-upon-Avon

George Hewins

Elm Tree Books, 1981, 176pp

The story of an ordinary man in Stratford over a century from 1878 to 1978, with insights into the attitudes of people caught in the poverty cycle of ill-fed, deprived childhood, early marriage, a large family and irregular work.

Now Barabbas was a Rotter: The extraordinary life of Marie Corelli

Brian Masters

Hamish Hamilton, 1978, 326pp

Extensive biography of the 'most sensational of best-selling novelists, who created for herself such a legendary personality that at one stage in England she was second in fame only to Queen Victoria'.