Shakespeare (The Illustrated and Updated Edition)

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Harper Collins, Nov 3, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Bill Bryson's Shakespeare pairs one of history's most celebrated writers with one of the most popular writers in the English language today. In this elegant, updated, illustrated edition, the superstitions, academic discoveries and myths surrounding the life of one of the world's greatest poets are evoked through a series of full-color paintings, drawings, portraits, documents and photographs. Bryson also discusses the recent discoveries of the Cobbe portrait and the remains of Shakespeare's first theatre in Shoreditch.

The centuries of mysteries, half-truths and downright lies about Shakespeare are deftly explored, as Bryson draws a picture that includes many aspects of the poet's life, making sense of the man behind the masterpieces. In a journey down the streets of Shakespeare's time, Bryson brings to life the hubbub of Elizabethan England and delights in details of his folios and quartos, poetry and plays. He celebrates the glory of Shakespeare's language and his ceaseless inventiveness, which gave us hundreds of now indispensable phrases, images and words.

 

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

If this book had been written by anyone not named "Bill Bryson" I would not have picked it up. I'm one of those people who regard Shakespeare the same as sausages; happy to enjoy the end product ... Read full review

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User Review  - VictoriaBrodersen - LibraryThing

Once again Bill Bryson has produced a delightfully lighthearted and effortlessly informative read. Details or Shakespeare, the monarchy of his day, and the present puddle of corroborated details of ... Read full review

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Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

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