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Shakespeare: the illustrated edition

Bryson, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0007325231 / ISBN 13: 9780007325238
Published by HarperPress, London, 2009
Hardcover
From Ed Buryn Books (Nevada City, CA, U.S.A.)

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Brilliant tour of the world of Shakespeare, includes unopened CD of selected sonnets read by John Gielgud. Mint copy of HB 1st. 7-1/4 x 9-1/4, 256 pp, b/w & color photos & illus, color illus endpapers, CD in rear pocket. Fine unmarked; in Fine unclipped jacket. Hardcover in brown cloth boards; in color illus jacket w gilt hightlights. Bookseller Inventory # 29392

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Title: Shakespeare: the illustrated edition

Publisher: HarperPress, London

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st edition..

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Synopsis:

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 Shakespeare pairs one of history's most celebrated writers with one of the most popular writers in the English language today. In this elegant, updated, illustrated edition, the superstitions, academic discoveries and myths surrounding the life of one of the world's greatest poets are evoked through a series of full-color paintings, drawings, portraits, documents and photographs. Bryson also discusses the recent discoveries of the Cobbe portrait and the remains of Shakespeare's first theatre in Shoreditch.

The centuries of mysteries, half-truths and downright lies about Shakespeare are deftly explored, as Bryson draws a picture that includes many aspects of the poet's life, making sense of the man behind the masterpieces. In a journey down the streets of Shakespeare's time, Bryson brings to life the hubbub of Elizabethan England and delights in details of his folios and quartos, poetry and plays. He celebrates the glory of Shakespeare's language and his ceaseless inventiveness, which gave us hundreds of now indispensable phrases, images and words.

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