Thanks to Julia from The Browser for this link to their interview with James Shapiro, who we've mentioned once or twice in the past. The author of Contested Will lays out his picks for the 5 best biographies of Shakespeare, with lengthy explanation of why.
I just got the link and have not had time to fully grok the list, but I do recognize the name E K Chambers and I think I even have Nicholl's The Lodger on my Kindle, I'll have to double check. But other than that, I don't recognize a single entry. Love it when I learn stuff!