Churchill's Shakespeare: Suggestions for Further Reading and Viewing

These are suggestions from curator Georgianna Ziegler for further reading and viewing to supplement the Churchill's Shakespeare exhibition.


Shakespeare in America by Alden T. Vaughan and Virginia Mason Vaughan
Oxford University Press, 2012
A comprehensive, readable introduction.

Shakespeare in America: an Anthology from the Revolution to Now,  ed. James Shapiro
Library of America, 2014
A good selection of Americans writing about Shakespeare.



Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert
Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1991
One-volume edition of Gilbert's multi-volume Life of Churchill, still a classic biography.

The Churchills in Love and War by Mary S. Lovell
W.W. Norton, 2011
Popular history of the whole family from the "First Churchills" John and Sarah, Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, to the present."

How Churchill Waged War by Allen Packwood
Frontline Books, 2018
A new authoritative investigation of how Churchill personally managed Britain's military options during World War II. Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, served as a major consultant on Churchill's Shakespeare.

Clementine, the Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
Penguin Books, 2015
Highly readable biography of the woman who supported Winston Churchill.

Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts
Viking/Penguin, 2018
Anew biography by British historian, available in the US on November 6, 2018.

The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor by Jonathan Rose
Yale University Press, 2014
Important discussion of how Churchill was influenced by his reading, including Shakespeare.

American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill by Anne Sebba
W.W.Norton, 2010
A readable and authoritative biography of Churchill's American mother.

On Film

The Darkest Hour 
Gary Oldman as Churchill; Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine

Focuses on ground, sea, and air forces during the evacuation of Allied troops from France in 1940. Churchill does not appear in the film, but he was Prime Minister at the time, and delivered his famous "we shall fight them upon the beaches" speech.

The Gathering Storm 
Albert Finney as Churchill; Vanessa Redgrave as Clementine. Set in the period leading up to World War II when Churchill warned about buildup of German armaments.

Into the Storm 
Brendan Gleeson as Churchill; Janet McTeer as Clementine. Sequel to The Gathering Storm, it looks at Churchill during World War II.