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Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives)
Shakespeare The World as Stage - Eminent Lives
Author: Bill Bryson
William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His Shakespeare is like n...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061673696
ISBN-10: 0061673692
Publication Date: 11/1/2008
Pages: 208
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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mmbay avatar reviewed Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives) on + 19 more book reviews
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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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Enjoyable. Wm. is still pretty much a mystery.


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