By Bill Bryson

ISBN-10: 0061545449

ISBN-13: 9780061545443

William Shakespeare, the main celebrated poet within the English language, left in the back of approximately one million phrases of textual content, yet his biography has lengthy been a thicket of untamed supposition prepared round scant evidence. With a gradual hand and his trademark wit, invoice Bryson varieties via this colourful litter to bare the fellow himself.

Bryson files the efforts of past students, from today's most valuable lecturers to eccentrics like Delia Bacon, an American who constructed an organization yet unsubstantiated conviction that her namesake, Francis Bacon, used to be the genuine writer of Shakespeare's performs. Emulating the fashion of his well-known travelogues, Bryson files episodes in his study, together with a trip to a bunkerlike room in Washington, D.C., the place the world's biggest selection of First Folios is housed.

Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a author of incredible expertise and massive inventiveness, a coiner of words ("vanish into skinny air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even this day have universal forex. His Shakespeare is like nobody else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his attractive skepticism, and a present for storytelling unmatched in our time.

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Facing north, as befits an artist's studio; Halpert could have his choice of the other three rooms, east, west did not occur to me and south. He ar- and canvas, ac- that he might have a preference. rived the following weekend, carrying paints It 3i companied by another man, lanky, sandy-haired and bespectacled, whom he introduced to me as a poet who might take one of the rooms. Halpert took another room that had the second bed, but suggested that my room should be used as a common studio, moved my it being the largest.

Once, while sitting for me wearing a dressing gown, I asked her to slip it down from her shoulders so that I might include her bosom. If the rest of her was as lovely as her face, it would make a stunning picture. She refused, although pleased with my compliments. I continued life-class less my trips to the Ferrer school, often. but attended the There were always new faces, people dropping in out of curiosity or in sympathy with liberal ideas. met new writers and painters; we sat in the cafe and talked.

I had been smoking I a pipe, but soon switched to cigars to follow example. This was not an extravagance, my my companion's salary was about double of what five cents. I had earned before, and a decent cigar cost Sometimes, after the day's work, my new friend and remained in the quarter, the most interesting of New York, its theaters, movies, and big hotels. We would have a snack and take in a movie. One evening we passed a theater that was playing a musical comedy, The Chocolate Soldier, based on Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.

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