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Shakespeare (Eminent Lives Series) (original: 2007; edição: 2016)

de Bill Bryson (Autor)

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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 supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He 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 an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Shakespeare (Eminent Lives Series)
Autores:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informação:Perennial (2016), Edition: Reissue, 224 pages
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Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives) de Bill Bryson (2007)

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    Waldstein: Older and shorter, more scholarly but only slightly less witty, introduction. Mr Harrison's accounts of the Elizabethan playhouse and the development of Shakespeare's style are erudite and illuminating. Contains also revealing excerpts from Shakespearean criticism through the centuries (Dryden, Pope, Dr Jonhson, Coleridge). Excellent complement to Mr Bryson's book. Be sure to get (post-)1954 edition (the year of last revision, first published in 1939). Very little dated. Excellent bibliography of scholarly editions of original documents (Henslowe's Diary and Papers, the volumes edited by E. K. Chambers, Mr Harrison's own Elizabethan Journals, and others).… (mais)
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Bryson admits at the outset to having no specialist knowledge about Shakespeare, and that he is relying upon his reading of and conversations with specialists to write this book.
However, this is Bryson, so whilst we may not get original research or thought, we do get an extremely readable book about Shakespeare with Bryson’s dry wit leavening the paucity of actual facts and abundance of supposition. You also get a pragmatic and common sense approach to the many wild theories, advanced as fact, over the years.
Because there is little fact about Shakespeare, there is much background history so that we can understand Shakespeare’s Stratford background and the London to which he moved. Historical details such as the prevalence of diseases, mortality and population size (the London theatre might hold a larger audience than the population of Stratford) really helped me imagine Shakespeare’s London.
There is no artistic analysis of the plays, other than to marvel at the language, but this is a biography, not literary criticism, so this isn’t an issue.

If you are a general reader and like Bryson’s style and humour, you should like this short book. ( )
  CarltonC | Aug 24, 2021 |
I never understood why anyone didn't believe there was an actual Shakespeare. I still don't. While Bryson may not have uncovered anything new about him, what is known is enough to convince me no one else wrote his work.

I believe this was in my to-be-read pile for about a decade. I'm glad I finally took the time to read this. As with most of Bryson's writing, the humor flows. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Aug 17, 2021 |
It's so frustrating how little we know about one of the most famous men in history. Very inconsiderate of Will to not leave more clues. ( )
  AngelClaw | May 5, 2021 |
I thought I knew a few things about Shakespeare. As I learned from Bill Bryson, some of what I knew was not true or was some biographer’s educated guess or was someone’s made-up, unsupported, illogical fantasy. Very enlightening. Turns out there is a lot more guessed about Shakespeare’s life than is actually known, and the lack of facts has left room for the growth of some bizarre but very creative theories. Bryson does a great job of distinguishing what we know from what some guess, and he explores why for many it is impossible that such a genius came from such a provincial background. What I found most amazing is that a writer like Shakespeare appears to have never written down his own thoughts, feelings or even a record of events about his life or the time in which he lived. At least, not that we know of. This was my second by Bryson, and I enjoyed it much better than the first. I liked what appeared to be an honest, balanced, well-researched take on Shakespeare. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
I genuinely enjoyed listening to this book narrated by the author himself. The story telling makes the journey into the 16th and early 17th century as real as a memory. Part history, part research, part imagination, part pure art. ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
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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 supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He 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 an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description.

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