Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
The World as Stage (Eminent Lives Series)

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Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

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. 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.


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BILL BRYSON's best-selling books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and At Home. He lives in England with his wife and children.

Author Residence: Norfolk, England

Author Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Published April 26, 2016 by Harper Perennial. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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At first blush, Bill Bryson wouldn’t be my go-to Shakespearean scholar. Then again, as Sha...

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