William Shakespeare: his life and work

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Little, Brown, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 367 pages
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Who was William Shakespeare? How did the rude groom from Stratford, the son of a glover who rose to be Mayor, grow up to be the greatest poet the world has known? In the first popular biography of Shakespeare for quarter of a century, Anthony Holden sifts fact from legend to create a fresh, vivid portrait of the writer recently voted Man of the Millennium, brought alive for a new generation by the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love. Wearing his considerable learning lightly, Holden brilliantly interleaves the poet's own words with the known facts to breathe new life into a story never before told in such absorbing detail.

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User Review  - Anne Cullen-wright - Goodreads

Started book then put to one side when half way through reading other books. From the moment I picked up the book again I was transfixed, finding it historically illuminating and the background to the writing of the later plays from 1600 onwards enlightening. Read full review


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