Bill Bryson had been recommended to me as a travel writer. This is not a travel memoir. Having said that while it was a little hard going at times Bill Bryson's essay on the "true story' of William Shakespeare is really fascinating. You will be astounded by the number of words and phrases we owe to Will Shakespeare. I can't start to imagine what his Elizabethan audiences thought of some of his new vocabulary. Full of facts, figures and references the book is a comprehensive compilation of all things Shakespeare/ Shakspear/ Shakespear et.al.
This biography of William Shakespeare by Bill Bryson is an entertaining, very scholarly look at the great playwright. It flowed along smoothly was academic in its execution and gave this reader a glimpse into the world in which he lived.
Bill Bryson has used his pithy investigative reporting style to dismantle some of the more enduring myths about Shakespeare and the authorship of the plays and to pose real questions about Shakespeare's life and the significance of his place in the society of the time.
This is a most enjoyable read: amusing, intelligent and entertainingly informative. Bryson brings Shakespeare's London and theatre world alive during this entertaining exploration of the life and works of a man about whom little is actually known.
As with most Bill Bryson books, it shows a great deal of evidence of study of his subject, and is very well written. An emjoyable and informative book. I learned several facts that I had previously not read before.