Did you know the name Jessica was first used in The Merchant of Venice?
Or that Freud's idea of a healthy sex life came from Shakespeake?
Nearly four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare permeates our everyday lives: from the words we speak to the teenage heartthrobs we worship to the political rhetoric spewed by the twenty-four-hour news cycle.
In the pages of this wickedly clever little book, Esquire columnist Stephen Marche uncovers the hidden influence of Shakespeare in our culture, including these fascinating tidbits:
Stephen Marche has cherry-picked the sweetest and most savory historical footnotes from Shakespeare's work and life to create this unique celebration of the greatest writer of all time.
Also, this last bit really doesn't fit the book's overall theme at all.
This book is a fun, quick read suitable for former English majors or those currently slogging through a less-than-interesting Intro to Shakespeare class.
I really enjoyed reading this just for the fact that I learned so many new things about Shakespeare.
OMG! For anyone who loves words, this is just a must-read! I found myself calling people and reading passages to them over the phone--good thing I know a lot of people, or I'd be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elaine Ebright
I really like this book about my favorite playwright. He uses humor and good information to illuminate how William Shakespeare's influence is far wider and deeper than most of us... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. S. Harris
This book, even for those unfamiliar with Shakespeare, will will bring to attention many fun facts and anecdotes about the Bard and the world he lived in, not to mention our own... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Clark S
I bought this for my granddaughter's class at school. I have no idea if she read it, so I can't comment on the quality of it.Published 11 months ago by Edie M. Ludwick
Purchased as a print source for a literature class research report. Was both helpful for my paper, but was also an insightful read.Published 12 months ago by Kara
This was a great read- I'm a big Shakespeare fan, and this author is as well. You learn all sorts of neat tidbits, and laugh your head off along the way.Published 12 months ago by Molly Hill
This is a delightful quick read. Well written. I thoroughly enjoyed Marche's paean to the Bard of all Western literature.Published 13 months ago by John K
I read the book on my Kindle and was surprised when suddenly I was finished. The book has some good insights and clever writing, but its content is light for the topic of the man... Read morePublished 15 months ago by William Bowman
I loved this book. It was very informative and entertaining at the same time which is hard to do with books like this. If you're a fan of Shakespeare you'll love this book.Published 19 months ago by L. Elkins