Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
"Bill Bryson’s concise biography of Shakespeare is a fascinating look at the life of Stratford’s most famous resident. Bryson takes a look at the facts surrounding the life of William Shakespeare and the times he lived in. Bryson is an excellent writer and this is full of vivid description and interesting facts.
The main fact to take away from this book is that there are very few known facts about the life of Shakespeare. Almost nothing is known about how he lived, how he wrote, or what he thought. As a result of this Bill Bryson has had to fill out the book with descriptions of life in late-Elizabethan and early-Jacobean London, and in particular known details about the theatrical and literary world. One of the few solid details about Shakespeare’s life is that in his will he left his wife his second best bed; why she didn’t get the best one we’ll never know.
Being a Bill Bryson book this is an easy and fun read, with plenty of gentle humour alongside the solid research."
- Posted on August 1, 2011 by Graham
Books by Bill Bryson:
Steven > Books I have read *
The Palace under the Alps and Over 200 Other Unusual, Unspoiled and Infrequently Visited
Spots in 16 European Countries (1985)
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe (1991)
Notes from a Small Island (1995). (Adapted for television by Carlton Television in 1998)
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998)
(Featuring Stephen Katz) *
Notes from a Big Country (UK) / I'm a Stranger Here Myself (U.S.) (1999)
Down Under (UK) / In a Sunburned Country (U.S.) (2000)
Bill Bryson's African Diary (2002) (travels in Africa for CARE International)
Walk About (2002) (Combined in one volume are Down Under and A Walk in the Woods)
The Penguin Dictionary of Troublesome Words (1984) *
Dictionary for Writers and Editors, The Penguin (1992)
Made in America (UK) / Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language
in the United States (U.S.) (1994)*
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way (U.S.) / Mother Tongue:
The English Language (UK) (1990) (Adapted for Journeys in English (2004) BBC Radio 4) *
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2002)*
Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors (2008/9)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003)
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (2008) (Children's version of 2003 book)
On the Shoulders of Giants (editor, 2009)
Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery and the Genius of the Royal Society
Shakespeare: The World as Stage (2007)*
Icons of England (2008)
At Home: A Short History of Private Life (2010) Doubleday.
ISBN 978-0-385-60827-5. OCLC 761512787.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (2006)
Travel, Language, Science, Biography, Histoy
William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE
Born: December 8, 1951,
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.
Occupation: Author, university chancellor
Family: Son of William and Mary Bryson.
He has an older brother, Michael and a sister, Mary Jane Elizabeth.
Bill Bryson: By the book
Illustration by Jillian Tamaki
January 14, 2016