Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Paperback)
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Paperback)

Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 01/04/2008
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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 Bryson.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007197903

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Bryson's engaging style makes literary history a thoroughly enjoyable experience. What little is known about the Bard's life is examined and brought to life with wit and insight. Suitable for complete... More

Paperback edition
19th May 2013
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Being an English graduate, I'm a big Shakespeare fan anyway - so when I was bought this last Christmas I was really keen on starting it. When I actually did, I couldn't put it down - Bryson's objective... More

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25th April 2008
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“More for Bill, not William!”

I am not really a fan of Shakespeare, but read this because i love Bill Bryson. He brings his usual wit and views to a subject i don't normally bother about and made it quite interesting. I can't imagine it... More

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15th August 2011
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