Ussion on the various remaining First Folios and particularly the last chapter the one on the Claimants All success stories invite detractors These come across as really foolishWe should be glad that Harper Collins chose Bryson whose writing style so very limpid and fluid and clear is entirely suitable for the making of this capsuleBut of course the capsule has not entirely satisfied my appetite My curiosity has now been awoken and it will continue to sniff around the World and Stage of William Shakespeare We thrill at these plays now But what must it have been like when they were brand new when all their references were timely and sharply apt Imagine what it must have been like to watch Macbeth without knowing the outcome to be part of a hushed audience hearing Hamlet s solilouy for the first time to witness Shakespeare speaking his own lines There cannot have been anywhere in history many favored places than thisLondon Bridge around the time of Shakespeare s deatha short biographyThe book is in the Eminent Lives series by HarperCollins These are brief biographies roughly one half of an average biography and considerably less than the doorstop biographies often written today The World as Stage comes in at 199 pages so not a long read This is not a disadvantage for me at all and particularly for a biography of Shakespeare a man about whom Bryson never tires of reminding s the provable facts concerning his life are not numerous Hundreds of speculations and theories have been proposed to explain the mysteries and fill in the The Mighty Walzer unknowns the evidence for most of these is little than a fervent desire by the proposers that they be truean enjoyable readBill Bryson not a historian of course is a very entertaining writer His first big hit in the US was A Walk in the Woods But both before and after that came a wide eclectic series of non fiction works He was born in the US has lived most of his adult life in Britain and has a dedicated fan base of readers on both sides of the AtlanticThe book isite packed with delightful facts or near facts about Shakespeare and the EnglandLondon of his day The size of London the way it nestled inside the city walls people packed in there like sardines the diseases that swept the city and England every few years particularly the Plague the fact that the first theaters were made to locate outside the city walls in a horrible suburbs filled with tanning houses brothels graveyards and other dreadful establishments and waste areas that must have presented theater goers with a number of sensory olfactory challengesBryson presents a great number of interesting comparisons between the Shakespeare we know and his fellow playwrights of the era John Fletcher Ben Johnson Christopher Marlowe Thomas Kyd Thomas Decker John Webster Cyril Tourneur and others He informed me I knew it not that Shakespeare was an actor as well as a writer and appeared freuently in the plays he wrote which by the way were not his property In those days a play had to be registered before it could be performed and it could only be registered to an acting company After that the company owned the play and it could only be performed by themThis sort of interesting stuff comprises the bulk of the book and caused me to Three Weeks in Dallas underlineite freuentlybutThere are a couple of bad points about the book which occasioned my rating The penultimate chapter titled Shakespeare s Death is a hodge podge of stuff thrown together that varied considerably in interest from my point of view his will the later deaths of his family the subseuent popularity of theater in London ntil shut down by the puritans in 1642 many pages devoted to the first publication of the folio edition of his works and on and on with that folio topic etc What I found interesting in all this could have been done in half the thirty pages devoted to it so seemingly to me a lot of paddingBut this is a personal peeve which certainly wouldn t be shared by all Far worse and perhaps a conseuence of Bryson coming p against the stops for the publisher s short reuirement was the fact that for a non fiction work the format of the book is dreadful There is no index There is no Table of Contents The headings at the top of the pages are identical from first page to last Bill Bryson on the left page SHAKESPEARE on the right Well that sure is seful isn t it just in case you forget what book you re reading and don t care to look at the coverIn other words there s really no way of finding anything in the book How many chapters are there What was that one called And where the hell was it Well mount an expeditionBut don t let that put you off A very worthwhile book Previous review Jerry Dantzic Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill Zadie Smith s AppreciationRandom review Shakespeare The Complete Works yes really randomNext review Nickel and Dimed On Not Getting By in America This one is somewhat of a departure for Bill Bryson Shakespeare being a biography of sorts and Bryson being overwhelmingly and ostensibly a popular travel writer Although the central premise here is that as Bryson freely acknowledges indeed almost relishes is that what we do know about the life of William Shakespeare is surprisingly very very littleWhat Bryson does do here is provide s with as his regular readers would expect a very witty insightful but Andy Warhol The Album Covers 1939 1987 unsentimental portrait of Shakespeare and his burgeoning and everlasting literary genius With Shakespeare what Bryson has successfully managed presumably consciously to avoid is the ground covered by the overwhelming majority of other books written Shakespeare the man ordinarily being either academicuasi academic tomes and as such impenetrable to all but Sh I m really not a fan of Shakespeare but reading this book really did help explain his popularity at least in my mind Everything we know about him seems to beestionable and when you don t know anything conclusive about someone that leaves a lot p to discussion Also I never really appreciated how he changed the way English is never really appreciated how he changed the way English is probably because I don t know enough about the history of spoken English I enjoyed the book though I learnt a lot I didn t know before and I think the author did a good job going over the information we have about Shakespeare as well as the popular theories
Involving Him Especially All him especially all A short witty highly readable biography of the Bard by one of the our best beloved writers Bryson doesn t go incredibly in depth with this work but I applaud him on that A lot of biographies can be bogged down by completely nnecessary information which causes the page number to rise to the thousands This 200 page biog contains about as much information as we casual readers need on Shakespeare I would definitely include it on a list as one of my most enjoyable biographies in recent memory The Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare authenticatedas a true likeness by Ben JohnsonWhen I worked as a secretary on a tabloid newspaper many years ago journalists writing stories based only only a few facts would say they were cooking with gas This is a cheerful and entertaining read where Bryson is doing just that so little is known about Shakespeare s life Yet I think he does a great job He talks about Tudor England and the general experiences of playwrights actors and audiences during this period We are able to get an excellent flavour of the theatre scene in late 16th century early 17th century London Bryson also talks about the research and scholarship attached to Shakespeare s works some of it an ever expanding celebration of extraordinary minutiae This cheers me First Case McRyan Mystery up There are apparently people in this world a whole lot crazier than meThis is aick and entertaining read that will give anyone pleasure I end with some extracts from the book that I particularly enjoyedview spoiler The First FolioWhat we do have for Shakespeare are his plays all of them but one or two This is thanks in very large part to the efforts of his colleagues Henry Condell and John Heminges who put together a or less complete volume of his work after his death "the justly revered First Folio It cannot be over emphasized how fortunate we are to have so many of Shakespeare "justly revered First Folio It cannot be over emphasized how fortunate we are to have so many of Shakespeare works for the sual condition of sixteenth and early seventeenth century plays is to be lost Few manuscripts from any playwrights survive Of the approximate three thousand plays thought to have been staged in London from about the time of Shakespeare s birth to the closure of the theatres by the Puritans in 1642 80 per cent are known only by titleThe madness of some scholarsFaced with a wealth of text but a poverty of context scholars have focused obsessively on what they can know They have counted every word he wrote logged every dib and jot They can tells s and have done so that Shakespeare s works contain 138198 commas 26794 colons and 15785 Cum For The Phantom uestion marks that ears are spoken of 401 times in his plays that dunghill issed ten times and dullard twice that his characters refer to love 2259 times but to hate just 183 timesGeoffrey Bullough devoted a lifetime nearly to tracking down all possible sources for virtually everything mentioned in Shakespeare producing eight volumes of devoted exposition revealing not only what Shakespeare knew but precisely how he knew it Another scholar Charlton Hinman managed to identify individual compositors who worked on the typesetting of Shakespeare s plays by comparing preferences of spellingThe Library of Congress in Washington contains about seven thousand works on Shakespeare twenty years worth of reading if read at the rate of one a dayand the number keeps growing Shakespeare Pussy King of the Pirates uarterly the most exhaustive of bibliographers logs about four thousand serious new works books monographs other Eppure su William Shakespeare sulla sua vita e sul suo tempo sono stati versati fiumi di inchiostro che hanno alimentato innumerevoli polemiche e strabilianti congettureBill Bryson attingendo al guazzabuglio di curiosità che ruotano intorno alla figura del bardo ci offre oggino Shakespeare mai raccontato e Brief in die Oase un delizioso affresco della vita londinese nel periodo elisabettiano in cu. This is a very strange and frustrating book It reads like a lighthearted text book for teenagershigh school except that it has no index a cardinal sin for any non fiction book It is about a wordsmith but the first chapter focuses on what he may have looked like Its mission and content is to tells about Shakespeare yet it tells s in exhaustive and repetitive detail that almost nothing is or can be known about the man a wealth of text but poverty of contextIrrelevant FactsThere are pages of disjointed facts about life in Elizabethan and Jacobean England Some of them are staggeringly banal At the top of the social heap was the monarch and others are weirdly specific eg the laws about hat wearing Absence of FactsAll the way through Bryson alternates between cagtaloguing all the nknowns of Shakespeare s life and trying to describe it conseuently his text is heavily sprinkled with probably and other even weaker caveats It makes it all seem rather pointless and distracts from the few interesting insights he does have He describes his subject as ever elusive despite stressing the fact that we know far about Shakespeare than almost anyone else who lived at that time Eually contradictory is the claim that More than for any other writer Shakespeare s words stand separate from his life but surely we can t know that because as Bryson keeps saying we know so little about his lifeBryson identifies three options for researchers in the absence of hard facts pick minutely over legal documents to speculate or to persuade themselves they know than they actually do It s not clear which option Bryson took As he says A devoted reader can find support for nearly any position he or she wishes in ShakespeareVocabulary Words and PhrasesThe only really interesting points were that estimates of Shakespeare s vocabulary are Murder at the Vicarage usually huge overestimates because they include each variant of word form and spelling take takes tak n taken etc It s not the size but what he did with it that mattered his true skill was as a phrasemaker demonstrated by the fact that 10% of the entries in the Oxford Dictionary ofotations are from his works Related to that Shakespeare is credited with coining huge numbers of words but in truth it s often just that his texts are the oldest authentic documents to Rise of the Evening Star use them we don t know if he actually coined them or they were common parlance down his way as Blackadder said to Dr Johnson in my favourite episode Ink and Incapability but the link isn t to that line Fortunately this was aick easy read I only read it at the behest of my father in law I am not a big Bryson fan rarely read biographies and am not a huge history enthusiast either Reading it has not changed those preferences At the outset if you are looking for a scholarly tome on the life and times of William Shakespeare you are going to be disappointed Bill Bryson simply doesn t write like that Those of you who are familiar with his oeuvre would know that he is a love him or hate him author people either love his snarky humour or hate it with passion And there are merits to both viewpointsI am not a big fan of Bryson s travelogues too sarcastic for my taste and I don t like his humour which sometimes borders on insult but as a collector of historical trivia he is 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ The different story 上 unparalleled in my opinion He writes history concentrating entirely on its amusing sidelines with a perspective which is delightfully skewed He does it for America in Made in America An Informal History of the English Language in the United States for the domestic life in At Home for the English language in The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way Here he does it for the Great Bard the father of the English language as we know it William ShakespeareIn his typical style Bryson starts off by saying that we do not know what the hell Shakespeare looked like and apart from a few dry facts and statistics we knew absolutely nothing about the man We don t know if he ever left England We don t know who his principal companions were or how he amused himself His sexuality is an irreconcilable mystery On only a handful of days in his life can we say with absolute certainty where he was We have no record at all of his whereabouts for the eight critical years when he left his wife and three young children in Stratford and became with almost impossible swiftness a successful playwright in London By the time he is mentioned in print as a playwright in 1592 his life was already than half overFor the rest he is the literary euivalent of an electron forever there and not there This is typical Bryson hyperbole however once we go through this slender volume wenderstand we do know a lot about Shakespeare as much we can expect to know about a person who lived five centuries ago We must remember that his iconic status came into being much later At the time of his life Shakespeare was just a phenomenally successful playwrightThe book traces the bard s life ite faithfully from his birth
Stanford in 1564 through journey p the ladder as a playwright to be reckoned with the pinnacle of fame he reached at the turn of the Seventeenth Century Third Degree up to his death as a gentleman of some means It also discusses his legacy of plays as well as those conspiracy theories which maintain that all Shakespeare s plays were written by someone else But if it were just that this tome would have been most boring But no true to form Bryson floodss with trivia about Elizabethan England and about The Devil Jack Taylor ueen Elizabeth herself disease ridden London and her penurious population who still found time to go to plays in spite of a fourteen hour workday the playhouses which also hosted inhuman sports such as animal baiting persistent Protestant Catholic skirmishes the idiosyncrasies of King James who succeeded Elizabeth and of course thetterly cooky conspiracy theories of the people who insist that the bard never wrote his plays Along with this we come to know that Shakespeare probably plagiarised passages verbatim in fact it was a common practice among writers those days and that we don t actually know how he spelled his name In fact it is a trivia fest the ideal book to be enjoyed over a cup of coffee or a glass of wineBut it does give references to a number of books which may be referred to by those interested in seriously studying the life and works of Shakespeare and the world he inhabited So this book may be considered a primer on the Immortal Bard Really short but really enjoyableIt s not a surprise that this is short First off it belongs as part of a series of "Concise Biographies Secondly There "biographies Secondly there t much known about Shakespeare so biographies of him should be short Why go on and on about something if there s nothing to go on aboutThe larger of them tend to devote many pages to dissecting the plays Bryson does not That was a little bit disappointingbut only a little I ve spent enough time dissecting them I d rather just work on enjoying these days not analyzing them I m glad Bryson touched on the authorship estion Did Shakespeare write all this stuff I entertained the notion when I encountered it back in school but having looked at the evidence and given it a good think I ve If you wanted to know about William Shakespeare his life his writings his timesetc you would have to embark in the reading of an endless amount of written material that fill trucks and trucks Alternatively you could choose a expedite path If instead of rummaging through tons printed paper one could find a capsule of ncorrupted and distilled Shakespeare would you not pick thisAnd this is what Bill Bryson offers s with his book Shakespeare The World as StageWhy another biography on WS Bryson himself says that the world does not need yet another biography but the series Eminent Lives by Harper Collins didAnd we are glad they did They define this biography series according to Strachey s stated objective of To preserve a becoming brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and nothing that is significant Bryson has then set himself to follow Strachey s and Harper Collins recommendation He has strived to see how much of WS we can know really know from the record In an almost investigative style and in a clear and dispassionate fashion he presents to s in an orderly chronology the evidence that he has extracted He also presents samples of the musings and multiple conjectures that have sprouted generously But then without much ado dismisses them in a very elegant and sometimes funny waySo his conclusion is that as so very little is known his book can be only 196 pages long In reality there is some sugar and other flavors added to the capsule for we can also taste Indian Paintbrush Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1 uite a bit of extraneous material such as Shakespeare s times and places We get to hear aboutrban development and palaces in London about the state of its hygiene and health about life expectancy and children death rate about the set Each Others Angels up of schools and academic curricula about the making of books and theatrical practices and about the functioning of the legal system etcFor a better assimilation of the capsule Bryson needs to correct our modern expectations and reminds that to know so little about a sixteenth century craftsman is nothing out of the ordinary Most of the material from the sixteenth century has been lost What is most miraculous about surviving in Shakespeare is that given the frightful odds he withstood childhood and got to be an adult Bryson insists on the very exceptional situation that so much of his works have survived and this is thanks to the initiative of two of WS s friends and colleagues Henry Condell and John Heminges who decided to publish the First Folio posthumouslyThe parts I enjoyed most were the disc. 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Tudies every yearAn asidethe madness of sugar in Tudor EnglandPeople of all classes loved their foods sweet Many dishes were coated with sticky sweet glazes and even wine was sometimes given a generous charge of sugar as were fish eggs and meats of every type Such was the popularity of sugar that people s teeth often turned black and those who failed to attain the condition naturally sometimes blackened their teeth artificially to show that they had had their share of sugar tooThe Box OfficeGeneral admission for groundlings those who stood in the open around the stage was a penny Those who wished to sit paid a penny and those who desired a cushion paid another penny on top of that all this at a time when a day s wage was one shilling 12 pence or less The money was dropped in a box which was taken to a special room for safekeeping the box officeMen playing female rolesWhile we often know a good deal about performers in male roles from Shakespeare s day we know almost nothing about the conduct of the female parts We don t even know much about them in general terms including how old they wereThis disdain for female actors was a northern European tradition In Spain France and Italy women were played by women a fact that astonished British travellers who seem often to have been genuinely surprised to find that women could play women as competently onstage as in lifeThe golden age of theatreThe golden age of theatre lasted only about the length of a good human lifetime but what a wonderously prolific and successful period it was Between the opening of the Red Lion in 1567 and the closing of all the theatres by the Puritans seventy five years later London s playhouses are thought to have attracted fifty million paying customers something like ten times the entire country s population in Shakespeare s dayTo prosper a theatre in London needed to draw as many as two thousand spectators a day about 1 per cent of the city s population two hundred or so times a year and to do so repeatedly against stiff competition To keep customers coming back it was necessary to change the plays constantly Most companies performed at least five different plays in a weekand Le Misanthrope ou L'Atrabilaire Amoureux used such spare time as they could to learn and rehearse new onesShakespeare was an actor as well as playwrightShakespeare appears to have remained an actor throughout his professional lifenlike Ben Johnson who Bend Sinister uit as soon as he could afford to It can t have been easybut it would doubtless have allowed him assuming he wished it much greater control than had he simply surrendered a script to others as most playrights did According to tradition Shakespeare specialized in good but fairlyndemanding roles in his own plays The ghost in Hamlet is the part to which he is most often linkedShakespeare s vocabulary scholarly madnessMuch has been written about the size of Shakespeare s vocabulary Spevack in his magnificent and hefty concordance the most scrupulous not to say obsessive assessment of Shakespearean idiom ever Adventures of Tom SawyerAdventures of Huckleberry Finn undertaken counts 29066 different wordsbut that rather generously includes inflected forms and contractions If instead you treat all the variant forms of a word for example take takes taketh taking tak n taken tak st tak t took tooke took st tookst as a single word or lexeme tose the scholarly termhis vocabulary falls back to about twenty thousand not a terribly impressive number The average person today it is thought knows probably fifty thousand words That isn t because people today are articulate or imaginatively expressive but simple because we have at our disposal thousand of common words television sandwich seatbelt Chardonnay cinematographer that Shakespeare couldn t know because they didn t yet existAnyway and obviously it wasn t so much a matter of how many words he Le tigri di Mompracem used but what he did with them and no one has ever done Shakespeare created many new wordsHe coined or to be carefully precise made the first recordedse of 2035 words and interestingly he indulged the practice from the very outset of his career Titus Andronicus and Love s Labour s Lost two of his earliest works have 140 new words between them In plays written during his most productive and inventive period Macbeth Hamlet Lear neologisms occur at the fairly astonishing rate of one ever two and a half lines Hamlet alone gave audiences six hundred words that according to all other evidencethey had never heard beforeAmong the words first found in Shakespeare are abstemious antipathy critical frugal dwindle extract horrid vast hereditary excellent eventful barefaced assassination lonely leapfrog indistinguishable well read zany and countless others Where would be be without themThe Globe Theatre Today s Globe Theatre photographed by Ed O KeeffeThe Globe stood a hundred feet or so in from the river and a little west of London Bridge The replica Globe Theatre built in 1997 is not on the original sitebut merely near it The members of Shakespeare s company owned the Globe among themThe Globe is sometimes referred to as a theatre built by actors for actors and there is of course a good deal in that It had a distinction in that it was designed exclusively for theatrical productions and took no earnings from other entertainmentsThe Globe itself didn t last long It burned down in 1613 when sparks from a stage cannon ignited the roof thatch But what a few years the were No theatre perhaps no human enterprise has seen glory in only a decade or so as the Globe during its first manifestation For Shakespeare this period marked a burst of creative brilliance Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války unparalleled in English literature One after another plays ofnrivalled majesty dropped from
His Uill Julius Caesaruill Julius Caesar Twelfth Night Measure for MeasureOthello King Lear Macbeth Antony and CleopatraWe thrill at these plays now But what must it have been like when they were brand new when all their references were timely and sharply apt and all the words never before heard Imagine what it must have been like to watch Macbeth without knowing the outcome to be part of a hushed audience hearing Hamlet s solilouy for the first time to witness Shakespeare speaking his own lines There cannot have been anywhere in history many favoured places than this hide spoiler This audiobook was a perfect companion for a long road trip Bill Bryson who has now written books on everything from the history of the Journey of the HeartSong of the Dove universe to the origins of our domesticity to America in the 1920s and perhaps most endearingly stories of his various travels around the world here turns his attention to William Shakespeare In this relatively slim volume it s less than 200 pages Bryson researched what few facts are known about Shakespeare and synthesized them into chapters on his childhood his lost years 1585 1592 his time in London his plays his fame his death and finally the strange claims that Shakespeare did not write the works attributed to himLike most Americans I was first introduced to Shakespeare in high school when we read Romeo and Juliet Hamlet and a few of his sonnets I ve read of his plays since then butntil now I have never read a biography of the man himself After reading Bryson s book I feel like I know as much as any modern person can know simply because so few facts have survived One Shakespeare scholar told Bryson that every Shakespeare biography is 5 percent fact and 95 percent conjectureEven the few surviving portraits that are purportedly of Shakespeare cannot be verified The paradoxical conseuence is that we all recognize a likeness of Shakespeare the instant we see one and yet we don t really know what he looked like It is like this with nearly every aspect of his life and character He is at once the best known and least known of figuresI liked reading the details of Shakespeare s life but I think my favorite chapter was the last one on Claimants Bryson thinks he has identified the person that started what he calls the anti Shakespeare sentiment an American woman named Delia Bacon Bacon became convinced that Francis Bacon actually wrote Shakespeare s plays and in 1852 she traveled to England to try to prove that Shakespeare was a fraud Of course there is no evidence of this nor of any other claimants writing Shakespeare s works but some researchers continue to come p with theories Bryson picks apart the claims and shows what little merit "There Is To ThemThe One Thing All The Competing Theories "is to themThe one thing all the competing theories in common is the conviction that William Shakespeare was in some way nsatisfactory as an author of brilliant plays This is really Loving Maddie from A to Z uite odd Shakespeare spbringing as I hope this book has shown was not backward or in any way conspicuously deprived His father was the mayor of a conseuential town In any case it would hardly be a Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg uniue achievement for someone broughtp modestly to excel later in life Shakespeare lacked a ベルセルク 26 university education to be sure but then so did Ben Jonson a far intellectual playwright and no one ever suggests that Jonson was a fraud When we reflectpon the works of William Shakespeare it is of course an amazement to consider that one man could have produced such a sumptuous wise varied thrilling ever delighting body of work but that is of course the hallmark of genius Only one man had the circumstances and gifts to give Des Hocherleuchteten Seel Herrn Johann Arndts General Superint Des F�rstenthums L�neburg Neu Er�ffnetes Paradiess G�rtlein us such incomparable works and William Shakespeare of Stratford wasnuestionably that man whoever he wasI would heartily recommend this book to fans of English literature and history It has Bryson s trademark dry wit
and humorous phrasings so Bryson fans should also be satisfied Thehumorous phrasings so Bryson fans should also be satisfied The CD I had also included an interview with the author which was delightful as expected On a alarming note I m nearly out of Bryson books to read Now that will be the winter of my disconten. I i teatri sempre affollati aprivano alle due del pomeriggio il biglietto d’ingresso costava Anne un penny e per gli spettatori più golosi erano in vendita birra pan di zenzero noci mele e pere «che potevano trasformarsi in missili nei momenti di delusione» E ricostruisce non solo la biografia din The Night Eternal uomo ma anchen’epoca di intensa temperie culturale e grande libertà di pensiero.