A Companion Guide to His Life & Achievements
978-1-62795-078-7 | Paperback | 360 pages | 8.2″ x 10.6″
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An essential guide to the fascinating life and indispensable work of William Shakespeare. This beautifully illustrated collection emerges as a vibrant celebration of the most widely read author in the world. Containing insightful facts, lists, and helpful guides to Shakespeare’s life and work, as well as over 200 complementary illustrations that capture the atmosphere of his richly drawn worlds, no Shakespeare lover’s bookshelf is complete without this exceptional volume. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in the English Midlands, William Shakespeare made his name as an actor and playwright in 16th century London. Despite being criticized by his early contemporaries for his lack of a university education, Shakespeare’s incredible output quickly hurtled him to prominence. A largely anonymous playwright in 1592, by 1598 he was a celebrated name in London drama circles.
Now, some four centuries later, Shakespeare’s indelible mark on our culture can still be seen in literature, theaters, cinemas, and on television screens all over the world. Even our very speech still bears his fingerprints. It is estimated that Shakespeare invented over 1700 new words during his career, most of which are still in use today. Exploring everything from his monumental oeuvre, to the mysterious and sometimes murky details of his remarkable life and his ongoing influence on contemporary art and culture, this wonderfully curated guide to the immortal bard shows us why Shakespeare is still such an indispensable part of our lives. This edition includes “Who’s Who in Shakespeare,” the characters’ proper names and all the sources for the plays and poems.
Gill Davies is a prolific author having written for some fifty publishers from around the world. She is a wildlife enthusiast and her works include many titles about the natural world.