William Shakespeare: An Illustrated Biography

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William Shakespeare's life was as colorful, varied, and dramatic as his works. He was the Warwickshire country boy who "disappeared" for 7 years before ending up in London as an apprentice actor; whose peers could scarcely keep up with the plays he turned out for them; who rapidly became a favourite at the court of Elizabeth I; and who returned to Stratford a prosperous "gentleman," proud to realize his father's dream of a family coat of arms before his death at 52. This is an illustrated biography of the most renowned of all dramatists and poets.

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Who was William Shakespeare? How did the son of a glover, who rose to be Mayor, become the greatest poet the world has ever known? In William Shakespeare: The Illustrated Biography — the first popular biography of Shakespeare in a quarter of a century — Anthony Holden has sifted fact from legend to create a vivid portrait of the writer recently voted Man of the Millennium. Originally published in 1999, this remarkable volume is now abridged and illustrated with stunning images and ephemera designed to further illuminate Shakespeare’s life and times. Wearing his considerable learning lightly, Holden brilliantly interleaves the poet’s own words with the known facts to breathe new life into a story never before told in such absorbing detail. A book that will surely remain the standard study for years to come.

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Anthony Holden is the acclaimed biographer of three previous diverse subjects - Tchaikovsky, Laurence Olivier and Charles, Prince of Wales. A well-known journalist and broadcaster his translations (with Amanda Holden) of Mozart and Rossini opera appear at the ENO.

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