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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Harper; Unabridged edition (Oct. 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061671371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061671371
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Considering the hundreds of thousands of words that have been written about Shakespeare, relatively little is known about the man himself. In the absence of much documentation about his life, we have the plays and poetry he wrote. In this addition to the Eminent Lives series, bestselling author Bryson (The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid) does what he does best: marshaling the usual little facts that others might overlook—for example, that in Shakespeare's day perhaps 40% of women were pregnant when they got married—to paint a portrait of the world in which the Bard lived and prospered. Bryson's curiosity serves him well, as he delves into subjects as diverse as the reliability of the extant images of Shakespeare, a brief history of the theater in England and the continuing debates about whether William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon really wrote Shakespeare's works. Bryson is a pleasant and funny guide to a subject at once overexposed and elusive—as Bryson puts it, he is a kind of literary equivalent of an electron—forever there and not there. (Nov.)
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Considering the hundreds of thousands of words that have been written about Shakespeare, relatively little is known about the man himself. In the absence of much documentation about his life, we have the plays and poetry he wrote. In this addition to the Eminent Lives series, bestselling author Bryson (The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid) does what he does best: marshaling the usual little facts that others might overlook-for example, that in Shakespeare's day perhaps 40% of women were pregnant when they got married-to paint a portrait of the world in which the Bard lived and prospered. Bryson's curiosity serves him well, as he delves into subjects as diverse as the reliability of the extant images of Shakespeare, a brief history of the theater in England and the continuing debates about whether William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon really wrote Shakespeare's works. Bryson is a pleasant and funny guide to a subject at once overexposed and elusive-as Bryson puts it, he is a kind of literary equivalent of an electron-forever there and not there. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (This text refers to the Hardcover edition) --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Stupart on Feb. 18 2010
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For anyone interested in understanding the immensity of Shakespeare's contribution to Western culture, I can think of no better place to start than Bill Bryson's Shakespeare: The World as Stage. What makes this such a delightful read is not simply Bryson's capacity for being both informative and entertaining, but his ability to be genuinely awed by his subject and to communicate that sense of awe to his readers. He readily admits that there is much that is unknown about Shakespeare's life but he does a remarkable job of reconstructing the so-called "lost years" based on legal documents, references to Shakespeare by his contemporaries and insight gleaned from the plays and sonnets themselves. In addition, Bryson provides helpful background information on the political and cultural climate of Elizabethan England, including an illuminating overview of the London theatre scene and its major playwrights. Bryson's trademark wit and his passion for unearthing arcane facts makes this one of the liveliest accounts of Shakespeare's life and times ever written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 12 2009
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As readers of my Amazon reviews are aware, I have read several Shakespeare biographies. This one is short, concise and, thankfully, sticks to known facts. Unlike some, author Bill Bryson refrains from wild speculation based on a reference in a play or poem which is taken as revealing some hidden aspect in Shakespeare's life. If it cannot be found in the historical record, Bryson does not dabble in it. Because of the requirements of the series of which it is a part, Bryson has to use his words sparingly, but he still finds time to promote his ideas about Shakespeare and to oppose the concepts of others which he does not accept. At the end he does a thorough job of discrediting the claim that someone else must have written Shakespeare's works. There is not much known about Shakespeare's life and this book covers it. No other book is needed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Jones on Jan. 17 2008
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I'm an ardent Bryson fan ...and although this is a departure from his normal fare, I still very much enjoyed it. I may not agree with his views on Shakespeare as the real author of the works attributed to the bard, but he tells his side of the story in an interesting and entertaining way as always. I'd recommend this to anyone who is unsure whether to follow Bryson off his normal beaten track.
As an aside, I'd also suggest you get 'Shakespeare My Butt!' and put it on your bookshelf next to Bryson's Shakespeare just to balance the 'did he or didn't he' debate - even if just for show!. Oddly enough, Shakespeare My Butt isn't about Shakespeare at all - but is a lot more Brysonesque (if that's a word) than this actual Bryson book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barrie Chamberlain on Feb. 15 2009
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Full of information on the bard - at least all that is worth knowing and written in Bryson's easing flowing style. A good and easy read.
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By Patricia Ames on Feb. 17 2011
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Have read a number of biographies of Shakespeare & am very familiar with almost all the plays. This is a very sane book. There are many interesting facts from the perspective of a careful researcher and a careful writer. Although I was more awed by Greenblatt's Will in the World, this is a fine overview of many elements of the man and his time. I would especially recommend it for teachers and students of the plays.
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You actually can learn from this very interesting history on Shakespeare and I am giving it to my daughter who just graduated as an English major...another great book by Bill. It was not boring and I enjoyed it thoroughly
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Bryson is always a delight. I would have loved to hear more on what we can know of Shakespeare based on logic. I know he was trying to stick with the literal facts but it leaves the reader wanting more.
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