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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 A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Bill Bryson's African Diaryand A Short History of Nearly Everything. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children.

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ISBN:
9780061671371
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
HarperAudio
Author:
by Bill Bryson
Author:
yson, Bill
Author:
br
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Audio
Publication Date:
20081021
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.80x5.30x.80 in. .35 lbs.
Media Run Time:
360

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