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Coffee with Shakespeare

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Shakespeare: the most famous writer who ever lived; a man whose career arouses heated controversy. Stanley Wells, described as the world’s leading Shakespeare scholar, chats with the Bard about life, love, writing, and acting, as we follow his steps from a small town in Warwickshire to center stage in Elizabethan London. Joseph Fiennes, who played Will himself in Shakespea ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Duncan Baird
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This book was not at all what I expected. Somehow I was thinking it would be either (a) funny or (b) profound. Instead it was simply interesting. Basically it was a lot of information about William Shakespeare and who he most likely was in the form of a get-to-know-you chat over coffee. I was at least expecting quotes from his plays or poetry for the answers or parts of the answers, but they were offered merely as chapter lead-ins if anything. Some people would argue that the author went a ways ...more
I bought this because I found it on sale in the Theatre Store, at the Stratford Festival. The concept is very interesting and unique. I started reading it within minutes of purchasing it, and read it every second leading up to the start of the performance I was seeing, and at intermission.

It is a quick easy read. Much of the information a Shakespeare "buff" already knows, but it is still worth a read.
I don't know what I hoped for; perhaps some deep insight into the man but of course so little is actually known about him so it was no wonder this felt like a textbook. Good idea for the series but this was not so good.
This was on sale and I said: why not?
It was really interesting to learn a bit about this man who didn't left behind anything more than his brilliant work. I'm just gonna go ahead and trust the assumptions of Stanley Wells.
Great concept- a famous Shakespeare critic interviewing Shakespeare back in the day- but doesn't have enough information to be interesting to everyone, nor specific enough details to be interesting to hard core nerds.
I couldn't find the Q&A series ( the record) so this will have to do!

An enjoyable, light read for my plane ride from JHB to CT.
Just my sort of book....what better to read over a freshly brewed pot of coffee. I have put the Coffee with Mark Twain on my list as well.
Not as interesting or as engrossing as Coffee with Buddha.
never liked the guy, but the book was good..
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Stanley William Wells, CBE, is a Shakespeare scholar and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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