A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare

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Robinson, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 447 pages

The Man and the Plays - without the boring bits - with commentary by Peter Ackroyd.


An accessible and entertaining journey through the life, times, and work of the Bard - Enigma. Master of language. The greatest comedian in history? The most famous writer in the world. But isn't he a little bit boring?


This is an essential guide for anyone who has previously avoided the Bard and is the perfect introduction for first-time students or seasoned theatre lovers. The book contains a full commentary of all the plays by bestselling and renowned writer Peter Ackroyd as well as full descriptions of the cast and the drama; not forgetting the best speeches, and the wit and wisdom from across the works.


There is also an opportunity to explore the poems and a complete set of sonnets, as well as an investigation of who the dark lady might have been.


Contains:


The complete sonnets; the greatest speeches; the best lines.


Perfect for students struggling through their first play or for theatre lovers anywhere.


Entertaining, accessible, Shakespeare without the boring bits.

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About the author (2010)

Peter Ackroyd is a world renowned novelist, biographer, poet, TV presenter and historian. He has written a number of ground breaking books about London including the novel Hawksmoor, as well as London: the Biography and Thames: Sacred River. His biography of William Shakespeare was considered by the Independent to 'set a new standard for accounts of Shakespeare's life'. In 2003 he was awarded a CBE for his services to literarure.

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