Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Paperback)
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DescriptionFrom bestselling author Bill Bryson comes this compelling short biography of William Shakespeare, our greatest dramatist and poet. Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson makes sense of the man behind the masterpieces. As he leads us through the crowded streets of Elizabethan England, he brings to life the places and characters that inspired Shakespeare's work. Along the way he delights in the inventiveness of Shakespeare's language, which has given us so many of the indispensable words and phrases we use today, and celebrates the Bard's legacy to our literature, culture and history. Drawing together information from a vast array of sources, this is a masterful account of the life and works of William Shakespeare, one of the most famous and most enigmatic people ever to have lived - not to mention a classic piece of Bill Bryson.
- Published: 01 April 2008
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007197903 ISBN 10: 000719790X
- Sales rank: 5,271
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I really don't like reading or watching Shakepeare but this history of the English language's greatest writer does interest me. And anything by Bryson is right up my alley. A thoroughly good read. by Tom Swade