Will Shakespeare dreamed of becoming an actor and a playwright. At nineteen he left his home and headed for London, following his dream. He became an actor, part owner of the Globe theater, and the greatest playwright of his time. Four hundred years later, his plays are still hugely popular and performed at theaters all over the world.
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Haydn Middleton is the author of a number of books, both those aimed at children and several fascinating novels of modern British fiction.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-This British import breaks no new ground. In 18 heavily illustrated pages, most of what is known of Shakespeare's life is touched on chronologically with brief glimpses of the Elizabethan theatre and court life. A few of the major plays are described. While the full-color drawings do provide some useful architectural detail, especially of the Globe, they are cluttered and have a textbook look. The information is accurate and the text is friendly if undistinguished. Working with the same severely limited number of facts available to all biographers of Shakespeare, Middleton has chosen to fictionalize to fill in some gaps. In Bard of Avon (Morrow, 1992), still the benchmark Shakespeare biography for young readers, Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema used the scarcity of information to explain how scholars work. In so doing, they created a much more interesting book.
Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110195214307