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Shakespeare: The Biography
  

Shakespeare: The Biography (Audio CD / Audio)

By Ackroyd, Peter
Read by Vance, Simon

This is the big one from Peter Ackroyd -- and a worthy companion to London: The Biography. Only Peter Ackroyd can combine readable narrative and unique observation with a sharp eye for the fascinating fact. His method is to position Shakespeare in the close context of his world. ...In this way, he not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Some snippets: Shakespeare was secretly a Roman Catholic; the witches in Macbeth were not hags but nymphs played by boys; the best bed was for guests which was why he bequeathed his wife his second best bed (the matrimonial bed in which he probably died); ham acting derives from the strutting walk which showed off the ham-strings; an actor called Will played female parts -- could it have been Shakespeare himself? And, the strongest bond in the plays is between father and daughter, perhaps reflecting Shakespeare's own family life. From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN 9780739323762
Released NZ 1 Oct 2005
Publisher Random House
Format Audio CD/Audio
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ISBN-13 9780739323762
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House Audio Assets
Released 1 Oct 2005
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio CD/Audio
Author(s) By Ackroyd, Peter
Read by Vance, Simon
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 152mm
Spine: 39mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade

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