Shakespeare: The World as a Stage Paperback – 24 Mar 2016
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‘A delight…A gem of a book.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Witty and infectiously enthusiastic.’ Spectator
'A brilliantly funny and gently insightful travel guide to 16th century England. Bryson is great at picking out of the morass of Elizabethan fact the small details that illuminate and amuse…he also uncovers from the world that surrounded the theatre some fascinating examples of Elizabethan eccentricity…As an abbreviated tour around the world of Shakespeare, this could hardly be bettered.' Sunday Times
‘Bryson uses an inimitably light touch and squeezes a vast subject down to manageable proportions…he is a warm and funny guide through the whole complicated morass of Shakespearean scholarship.’ Financial Times
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Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson makes sense of the man behind the masterpieces. As he leads us through the crowded streets of Elizabethan England, he brings to life the places and characters that inspired Shakespeare's work. Along the way he delights in the inventiveness of Shakespeare's language, which has given us so many of the indispensable words and phrases we use today, and celebrates the Bard's legacy to our literature, culture and history.
Drawing together information from a vast array of sources, this is a masterful account of the life and works of William Shakespeare, one of the most famous and most enigmatic people ever to have lived - not to mention a classic piece of Bill Bryson.
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Bryson admits straight away that he's not a Shakespeare scholar, but he brings to the collective history a wholly objective voice. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Leigh Forbes
Good read , not new but excellent conition.Good price but postage was more than the book!
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The talented and witty Bill Bryson tries to inform us of the truth of Shakespeare. what he proves is that NO-ONE knows the real story. There are conspiracies and confusions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by simon pearson
Not for the likes of me, but a gift for somebody more deserving. I'm sure it will be all good.Published 4 months ago by Ian Atkinson