The World as Stage

Audiobook CD - 2007
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A portrait of the Bard is presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's birthplace, and academics, in an account that also shares the author's recollections of his own adventures in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2007
ISBN: 9780061363511
Branch Call Number: 822.33 B SHA BRY
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm


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Sep 26, 2016

As the author states, "This book is short because the facts about William Shakespeare are few." Bryson attempts to find out the truth about Shakespeare's life and finds very little evidence. The Bard's work didn't become prominent until 400 years after his death which left plenty of time for any evidence to be long gone. The author also describes how our modern day "knowledge" is often based on one or two details of a painting or a few lines from a poem. Bryson asserts that Shakespeare was one person. As he points outs, Francis Bacon wouldn't have the time to write in Shakespeare's voice with all his other activities. Some of the most interesting material is his description of earlier Shakespeare "scholars". A worthy addition to the vast numbers of tomes written on Shakespeare.

Jan 24, 2016

Superb biography with just the right amount of detail.

Jun 04, 2015

IMO. A BB fan & it's well done in research I'd never have known or probably been interested in. Bryson keeps me interested in his writing.

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