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From 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 more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • William Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 000719790X
  • 9780007197903
  • 5,565

About Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson's internationally bestselling books include `A Short History of Nearly Everything' (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize), `A Walk in the Woods', `Neither Here Nor There', `Made in America', `Notes from a Small Island', `The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' and, most recently, `At Home'. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in Norfolk with his wife and four more

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`A delight...A gem of a book.' Mail on Sunday`Witty and infectiously enthusiastic.' Spectator'A brilliantly funny and gently insightful travel guide to 16th century England. Bryson is great at picking out of the morass of Elizabethan fact the small details that illuminate and amuse...he also uncovers from the world that surrounded the theatre some fascinating examples of Elizabethan eccentricity...As an abbreviated tour around the world of Shakespeare, this could hardly be bettered.' Sunday Times`Bryson uses an inimitably light touch and squeezes a vast subject down to manageable proportions...he is a warm and funny guide through the whole complicated morass of Shakespearean scholarship.' Financial Timesshow more

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This short biography of William Shakespeare by world famous writer Bill Bryson brims with the author's inimitable wit and more

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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 more
by Tom Swade
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