Shakespeare: The World as Stage Audio CD – CD, Unabridged, Audiobook, 21 October 2008
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- Audio CD : 208 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061671371
- ISBN-10 : 0061671371
- Language: : English
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From the Back Cover
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 wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.
Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from academics to eccentrics. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a bunker-like basement room in Washington, D.C., where the world's largest collection of First Folios is housed.
Bryson 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 a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.
About the Author
Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.
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My favorite chapter dealt with the etymology of the english language, a subject Bryson explored in his book "The Mother Tongue". Shakespeare had a profound effect on the development of the english we speak today and Bryson goes into great detail about phrases and words that first appear in Shakespeare's works.
Bryson doesn't just present facts, he presents sources. Sometimes going into great detail about their personal life and motives so the reader can evaluate their validity. All done with a humor and wit that keeps you from taking any of it too seriously.
I recommend this book for anyone with a pulse and a sense of humor.