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Shakespeare : the world as stage

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Atlas Books/HarperCollins, ©2007.
Series: Eminent lives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 9780060740221 0060740221 0061673692 9780061673696
OCLC Number: 136782567
Description: vii, 199 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: In search of William Shakespeare --
The early years, 1564-1585 --
The lost years, 1585-1592 --
In London --
The plays --
Years of fame, 1596-1603 --
The reign of King James, 1603-1616 --
Death --
Claimants.
Series Title: Eminent lives.
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.
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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 supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's--the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description.

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