The Biography

Paperback - 2006
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Sheds new light on the life of the great Elizabethan playwright and poet, reassessing Shakespeare's work within the context of sixteenth-century London and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as his lasting legacy for world literature.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [2006]
Edition: 1st Anchor books ed
ISBN: 9781400075980
Branch Call Number: PR2894 .A26 2006x
Characteristics: xvi, 572 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 21 cm


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Ackroyd, novelist and biographer of Chaucer, and Dickens, takes on the challenge of illuminating the life of England's greatest playwright.

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Mar 02, 2012

I wanted a straightforward biography of William Shakespeare to help me better understand his works. This book is a tome. I wouldn't mind the book's length. Many of my favorites biographies - Ron Chernow's Hamilton and The Titan, Robert Massie's Peter the Great - are over 700 pages long. Though well-written and researched, Mr. Ackroyd's tome is more a history on Shakespeare's England than on Shakespeare himself. Any mention of Shakespeare, his works or his family seem to be incidental touchstones for another topic of British history.
If you want a story of England at the time of Shakespeare, this is ok. If, like me, you want a biography focusing on the Bard, look somewhere else.


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