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Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives Series) Paperback – April 26, 2016
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“Bill Bryson has yet to disappoint. . . . This examination is likely to stick with you because of Bryson’s humor, deep love of language, and clear fondness for his subject.”–Boston Globe
William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His Shakespeare is like no one else’s—–the beneficiary of Bryson’s genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.
“A telling glance at one of history’s most unknowable figures.”–Kirkus Reviews
Succinct, essayistic, and enlivened by a strong point of view, the Eminent Lives series joins a distinguished literary tradition—–great writers on great figures, short biographies perfect for an age short on time.
About the Author
Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.
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A half century ago, when I took Literature 101 in college, we discussed Shakespeare in depth. I was thoroughly lost. Now, I understand. Unfortunately, I has to wait 50 years.
If I could rate this six stars, I would.