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Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
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Jul 09, 2009

really liked it

Having read many books about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age, it would seem that one about the same subject by a native of Des Moines Iowa would be a joke. But in fact, it’s not. Bill Bryson cuts through the fog and reveals that we know very, very few facts about the Bard. If nothing else, this little book slashes away the speculative and imaginative aura surrounding Shakespeare’s life and allows us to appreciate what little we do know about him; moreover, it allows us to focus on his works and how marvelous they are even if we know little about the man who wrote them.

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