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.
|Publisher:||Lectorum Publications, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Spanish-language Edition|
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About the Author
Bill Bryson (1951) is an American author of books on travel, language, and science. Bryson moved to the UK in 1973 and remained there until 1995. He began his writing career as a journalist and published his first book in 1985. He gained notoriety in 1995 with his book about England titled Notes from a Small Island. In 1998 he published A Walk in the Wood about hiking the Appalachian Trail. The book was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2015.
Hometown:Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:1951
Place of Birth:Des Moines, Iowa
Education:B.A., Drake University, 1977