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Author: Bill Bryson Narrator: Bill Bryson Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061555343
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Shakespeare: The Illustrated Edition is an exquisitely illustrated, updated edition of Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare that takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship. With more than 100 color and black-and-white illustrations throughout, and updated to include recent discoveries, Shakespeare: The Illustrated Edition evokes the superstitions, academic discoveries, and myths surrounding the life of one of the greatest poets, and makes sense of the man behind the masterpieces. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delightful account of Shakespeare’s elusiveness—and the extraordinary lengths people have gone to to remedy it…The pairing of Bryson with Shakespeare is a happy one.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “This season’s bestselling volume.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Bryson uses an inimitably light touch and squeezes a vast subject down into manageable proportions…He is a warm and funny guide through the whole complicated morass of Shakespearean scholarship.”

    Financial Times

  • “A consistent pleasure…accessible and intelligent. Will and Bill are a great double act.”

    Houston Chronicle

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KU | 6/14/2011

    " It didn't answer anything I didn't suspect. He was a complicated man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saralyn | 6/8/2011

    " Fascinating, as are all of Bryson's books. And about Shakespeare! I loved how most of the book was about everything we don't know about Shakespeare and why we can't know it. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/2/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book, it gave an informative and interesting insight into the world of Shakespeare. Great style of writing and I'm now working my way through Bryson's other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mtejeda | 5/29/2011

    " I listened to this on CD in the car and really enjoyed it. It is read by the author and is replete with tons of details -- not just about Shakespeare himself (about which little is definitively known) but about Elizabethan times in general. Fascinating, well-researched and witty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 5/25/2011

    " As always Bill Byson is a very entertaining read. I learned a lot about Elizabethan England. Complimented my recent reading of The Prince and the Pauper. So fascinating that that we know so little facts about Will Shakespeare and that much historical work has been insinuations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/19/2011

    " Not as much info on Shakespeare as I hoped (but apparently that's true for most things from this period), but a fascinating look into this time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/13/2011

    " Bryson is one of those special authors who can make trudging through the minutia of someone's life incredibly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 5/9/2011

    " Fun, clear biography of Shakespeare. Boils down the details and explains how other sources vary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tesneem | 4/30/2011

    " In true Bryson style - witty, yet still succinct and to the point. I enjoyed it a great deal. "

About the Author

Bill Bryson is the New York Times bestselling author of At HomeA Walk in the WoodsThe Lost ContinentMade in AmericaThe Mother Tongue, A Short History of Nearly Everything—winner of the Aventis Prize—and various other works. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in England, where he has worked for both the Times and Independent and written for most other major British and American publications.