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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Harper; Unabridged edition (Oct. 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061671371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061671371
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By l richard kohler on Aug. 18 2013
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Short, sweet and full of well researched tid bits you didn't already know about the unknowable Shakespeare. A great read.
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You want to know all you need to know about the Bard? It's all right here, and entertaining as well.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Wonderfully written and superbly explained, if only all books were this easy to folow and read, could not put it down.
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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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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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