Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

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Read Shakespeare: The World as Stage Online Free - At first glance, Bill Bryson seems an odd choice to write this addition to the Eminent Lives series.

The author of 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' isn't, after all, a Shakespeare scholar, a playwright, or even a biographer.

Reading 'Shakespeare The World As Stage', however, one gets the sense that this eclectic Iowan is exactly the type of person the Bard himself would have selected for the task.

The man who gave us 'The Mother Tongue' and 'A Walk in the Woods' approaches Shakespeare with the same freedom of spirit and curiosity that made those books such reader favorites. A refreshing take on an elusive literary master.

Title : Shakespeare: The World as Stage
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ISBN : 0060740221
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 199 pages


Pouting rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

I'm really not a fan of Shakespeare but reading this book really did help explain his popularity, at least in my mind. Everything we know about him seems to be questionable and when you don't know anything conclusive about someone, that leaves a lot up to discussion. Also I never really appreciat...

Kalliope rated it ★★★★★

May 22, 2014

If you wanted to know more about William Shakespeare, his life, his writings, his times…etc, you would have to embark in the reading of an endless amount of written material that would fill trucks and trucks. Alternatively, you could choose a more expedite path. If instead of rummaging through to...

Cecily rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 25, 2017

This is a very strange and frustrating book: • It reads like a lighthearted text book for teenagers/high school - except that it has no index (a cardinal sin for any non-fiction book). • It is about a wordsmith, but the first chapter focuses on what he may have looked like. • Its mission and cont...

Luís rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

It is by choosing a gift to the biography department that my eye has been attracted by this little pocket lost in the middle of other historical bios. I knew the author for his humorous side, and I was intrigued by the gender gap, so I bought it for myself. This book supposed to be "antibiographi...

Barry rated it ★★★☆☆

July 29, 2015

A short, witty, highly readable biography of the Bard by one of the our best beloved writers. Bryson doesn't go incredibly in-depth with this work but I applaud him on that. A lot of biographies can be bogged down by completely unnecessary information which causes the page number to rise to the t...

Ted rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2017

We thrill at these plays now. But what must it have been like when they were brand new, when all their references were timely and sharply apt … Imagine what it must have been like to watch Macbeth without knowing the outcome, to be part of a hushed audience hearing Hamlet’s soliloquy for the firs...

James rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2017

This one is somewhat of a departure for Bill Bryson – ‘Shakespeare’ being a biography of sorts and Bryson being overwhelmingly and ostensibly a popular travel writer. Although the central premise here is that, as Bryson freely acknowledges indeed almost relishes, is that what we do know about the...

Diane rated it ★★★☆☆

September 29, 2016

I am not a big fan of either audio books or Shakespeare, but I needed a short something to listen to recently. So on a trip to the library I chose this one because: 1. Bill Bryson wrote it 2. Bill Bryson read it 3. It was only 5.5 hrs long So I listened to this one and was pleasantly entertained and...

Caroline rated it ★★★☆☆

May 05, 2017

The Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare, authenticated as a true likeness by Ben Johnson. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I worked as a secretary on a tabloid newspaper, many years ago, journalists writing stories based only only a few facts would say they were 'cooking with gas'. Th...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

May 22, 2014

This audiobook was a perfect companion for a long road trip. Bill Bryson, who has now written books on everything from the history of the universe to the origins of our domesticity to America in the 1920s and, perhaps most endearingly, stories of his various travels around the world, here turns h...

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