This short biography of William Shakespeare by world famous writer Bill Bryson brims with the author's inimitable wit and intelligence. Includes an exclusive Q&A session with the author. Shakespeare's life, despite the scrutiny of generations of biographers and scholars, is still a thicket of myths and traditions, some preposterous, some conflicting, arranged around the few scant facts known about the Bard -- from his birth in Stratford to the bequest of his second best bed to his wife when he died. Following his international bestsellers 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' and 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid', Bill Bryson has written a short biography of William Shakespeare for the Eminent Lives series -- which seeks to pair great subjects with writers known for their strong sensibilities and sharp, lively points of view. / Bill Bryson is famed the world over and he has a massive fan base. / He has been a consistent international bestseller with all of his previous books. / This eminent life pairs two of the most celebrated and loved writers in the English language.
Bill Bryson's many books include, most recently `The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' as well as `A Short History of Nearly Everything`, `I'm a Stranger Here Myself', `A walk in the Woods', `Neither Here Nor There', `Made in America', and `Notes from a Small Island'. He edited `The Best American Travel Writing 2000'. Born in Des Moines, he now lives in Norfolk with his wife and four children.
Praise for 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' (HB): 'A modern classic.' The New York Times 'It represents a wonderful education, and all schools would be better places if it were the core science reader on the curriculum.' Times Literary Supplement Praise for 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid': 'Outlandishly and improbably entertaining!inevitably [I] would be reduced to body-racking, tear-inducing, de-couching laughter.' New York Times 'Always witty and sometimes hilarious!wonderfully funny and touching.' Literary Review