Review: Shakespeare: The World as Stage, by Bill Bryson

This volume is one of the Eminent Lives series by Harper Collins Publishers. At 250 pages or less, they are much shorter that most of the currently produced biographies. Bryson lays out the known facts of Shakespeare’s life and skewers some of the popular myths concerning the Bard of Avon, including a chapter on why William Shakespeare actually wrote his own plays. He is enthusiastic about seeing the plays in production and not just reading them. Actors bring the plays to life and make us enjoy and appreciate Shakespeare in spite of the 400 years that separates us from his time in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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