Del sommo poeta inglese ci restano 884.647 parole (ma solo quattordici scritte di suo pugno). Molte meno sono le informazioni che abbiamo sulla sua vita, quasi nulla possiamo affermare con certezza riguardo alla sua personalità, forse non possediamo nemmeno un suo ritratto autentico e quindi, in teoria, non sappiamo che faccia avesse. Alcuni studiosi hanno persino dubitato della sua esistenza. Eppure su William Shakespeare, sulla sua vita e sul suo tempo, sono stati versati fiumi di inchiostro che hanno alimentato innumerevoli polemiche e strabilianti congetture. Bill Bryson, attingendo al guazzabuglio di curiosità che ruotano intorno alla figura del bardo, ci offre oggi uno Shakespeare mai raccontato e un delizioso affresco della vita londinese nel periodo elisabettiano, in cui i teatri, sempre affollati, aprivano alle due del pomeriggio, il biglietto d'ingresso costava 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 di un uomo, ma anche un'epoca di intensa temperie culturale e grande libertà di pensiero.
- ISBN: 8860888204
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 200
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 be questionable and when you don't know anything conclusive about someone, that leaves a lot up to discussion. Also I never really appreciated
If you wanted to know more about William Shakespeare, his life, his writings, his times…etc, you would have to embark in the reading of an endless amount of written material that would fill trucks and trucks. Alternatively, you could choose a more expedite path. If instead of rummaging through tons Leggi tutto
This is a very strange and frustrating book: • It reads like a lighthearted text book for teenagers/high 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 Leggi tutto
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 unnecessary information which causes the page number to rise to the thou Leggi tutto
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 soliloquy for the first t Leggi tutto
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
The Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare, authenticated as a true likeness by Ben Johnson. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When 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'. Th
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 li Leggi tutto
Really short, but really enjoyable! It's not a surprise that this is short. First off, it belongs as part of a series of concise biographies. Secondly, there isn'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 about?! Leggi tutto
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 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
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