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Shakespeare: A Life
ISBN: 9781403486097
Author: Greenhill, Wendy
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
Published: April 2006
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: The life and times of a professional actor, businessman, and playwright who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and whose plays are still performed and valued for their insights into human nature.
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Physical Information: 0.38" H x 9.91" L x 7.65" W 32 pages
Bargain Category: Reference, Middle School, Biographies
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
This biography is serviceable but unremarkable. The straightforward text covers Shakespeare's life and times; the short chapters range from "Marriage and Family" to "The Plague, Poems, and Patrons" to "The Globe Theatre." Unfamiliar words are printed in bold and defined in a glossary. Archival reproductions break up the columns of text but don't contribute much. Directory, reading list, websites. Ind. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 September)
Gr 8 Up-This information-rich resource presents a balanced and interesting exploration of the man, his times, and his writings. The authors emphasize that in Elizabethan times, intellectual property was not an important concept and that plays were dynamic productions, living only upon the stage. Actors and writers improvised and changed scenes as they were performed. Research is based on actual legal documents, letters, and diaries. A variety of scenarios are explored concerning Shakespeare's lost years but they are clearly identified as speculation. Even though the black-and-white reproductions of portraits and documents are visually dull, the text successfully brings to life the Elizabethan world, with its open sewers and bear baiting, its religious strife and political intrigue, and its plague prohibitions and theatrical rivalries. The "who really wrote Shakespeare" question is not entertained at all. A useful time line correlates theater history, Shakespeare's life, and political events. Words in boldface are better explained in context than they are in the glossary. The notes are extensive and the index is thorough. An excellent book for report writers and for general readers as well.-Carol Durusau, Newton County Public Library, Covington, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.