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SHAKESPEARE - The World as Stage
SHAKESPEARE - The World as Stage
Author: Bill Bryson
This is one of a series of historical biographies called Eminent Lives. This one is about William Shakespeare, written and read by Bill Bryson. — Though we have precious few facts about the life of William Shakespeare to go on, we are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of almost a million words of his text. There has been much confusion and spec...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781436103480
ISBN-10: 1436103487
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Edition: Unabridged
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I wouldn't ordinarily pick up a biography of Shakespeare, but I enjoy Bill Bryson's writing and thought I'd give it a try. He describes the book in the introduction, "the idea is a simple one: to see how much of Shakespeare we can know, really know, from the record. Which is one reason, of course, it's so slender." Written in the voice that is uniquely Bill Bryson, this is a succinct and humorous look at what we know and don't know about the life of Shakespeare. Bryson's description of life in 16th century England is compelling as is his descriptions of the detective work that goes in to establishing the facts in Shakespeare's biography. Definitely worth reading.
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