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

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This exquisitely illustrated edition of Bill Bryson's best-selling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling journey through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship.

Bill Bryson's biography of William Shakespeare pairs the most celebrated playwright in history with one of the most popular writers in the English language today. In this exquisitely illustrated new edition, the age of Shakespeare is vividly evoked through full-colour paintings, portraits, documents and photographs.

Ever since he took the theatre of Elizabethan London by storm over 400 years ago, Shakespeare has remained centre stage. His fame stems not only from his plays - performed everywhere from school halls to the world's most illustrious theatres - but also from his enigmatic persona. His face is familiar to all, yet in reality very little is known about the man behind the masterpieces.

Taking us on a journey through the streets of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Bryson examines centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies surrounding our greatest dramatist. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, he introduces a host of engaging characters, as he celebrates the magic of Shakespeare's language and delights in details of the bard's life, folios, poetry and plays.

An updated preface includes the recent discoveries of the Cobbe portrait and London's first purpose-built theatre in Shoreditch. Shakespeare: The Illustrated Edition is captivating and colourful, as Bryson brings the legend into focus with unmatched clarity and amusement.

Sonnets (audio CD)
Selected and read by Sir John Gielgud, these personal and initimate poems were recorded over a period of six months, on two continents, a few at a time. They are magnificently sensitive readings by the most memorable interpreter of Shakespeare in our time. The text follows the original quarto of 1609.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007479634
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 231 x 174 x 22 mm
Edition: Illustrated Gift edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A brilliantly funny and gently insightful travel guide to 16th century England. As an abbreviated tour around the world of Shakespeare, this could hardly be bettered.' Sunday Times

'Bryson is shrewd...and as funny as you'd expect...he sets down all the important bits of evidence, and assesses them in a measured scholarly way. He's good value too.' Daily Telegraph

'Measured, sensible and, at times, as wryly humorous as you'd expect.' The Times

'Fast paced jaunt through Bardolatry...wittily evokes Elizabethan England.' Sunday Times

'A work worthy of one of the greatest writers in the English language.' Daily Express

'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 Times

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“Shakespeare”

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

Paperback edition
25th April 2008
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“Shakespeare”

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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“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

Paperback edition
15th August 2011
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