Bard Of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare

by Diane Stanley

Harper Collins Canada | August 14, 1992 | Hardcover

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William Shakespeare was the son of a glovemaker, a small-town boy with a grammar school education. Yet he grew up to become the greatest English-speaking playwright in the world. "Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare" is both his story and that of a great art rediscovered in the modern world.

Drama had been forgotten since the days of ancient Greece, but it reemerged in Elizabethan London with the building of the first modern theater. Its impact can still be imagined today. There were the theaters, open to the weather and featuring neither sets nor curtains, but equipped with dramatic special effects. There were the companies of actors--the leading men, the comedians, the boys who played women''s roles--and the playwrights who gave them all lines to say.

Best of all, there was William Shakespeare, who rubbed shoulders with noblemen and royalty as well as with the rowdy crowds at the foot of the stage. He was suspected of involvement in a treasonous rebellion, and his last play literally brought down the house when cannon effects set fire to the famous Globe theater and it burned to the ground.

Award-winning collaborators Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema have once again created a feast of words and pictures to celebrate the life of a remarkable person from the pages of history: William Shakespeare, a man for all time."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 11.25 × 9.63 × 0.39 in

Published: August 14, 1992

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0688091083

ISBN - 13: 9780688091088

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 8

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Bard Of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare

by Diane Stanley

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 11.25 × 9.63 × 0.39 in

Published: August 14, 1992

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0688091083

ISBN - 13: 9780688091088

From the Publisher

William Shakespeare was the son of a glovemaker, a small-town boy with a grammar school education. Yet he grew up to become the greatest English-speaking playwright in the world. "Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare" is both his story and that of a great art rediscovered in the modern world.

Drama had been forgotten since the days of ancient Greece, but it reemerged in Elizabethan London with the building of the first modern theater. Its impact can still be imagined today. There were the theaters, open to the weather and featuring neither sets nor curtains, but equipped with dramatic special effects. There were the companies of actors--the leading men, the comedians, the boys who played women''s roles--and the playwrights who gave them all lines to say.

Best of all, there was William Shakespeare, who rubbed shoulders with noblemen and royalty as well as with the rowdy crowds at the foot of the stage. He was suspected of involvement in a treasonous rebellion, and his last play literally brought down the house when cannon effects set fire to the famous Globe theater and it burned to the ground.

Award-winning collaborators Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema have once again created a feast of words and pictures to celebrate the life of a remarkable person from the pages of history: William Shakespeare, a man for all time."

About the Author

Diane Stanley is a masterful storyteller whose fairy-tale reimaginings have been hailed by critics, including Kirkus Reviews, who proclaimed The Giant and the Beanstalk ""inspired,"" and The Horn Book, who called Goldie and the Three Bears ""delectable, at once saucy and tender."" Diane has also delighted readers with novels such as The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine and her award-winning series of picture-book biographies. She is the recipient of the Washington Post -- Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for the body of her work. Diane Stanley resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The only son of a glovemaker, William Shakespeare became the greatest English-speaking playwright in the world. When he joined a company of actors and began writing brilliant, witty plays, he became the beloved of the nobility as well as the common people. Now Stanley and Vennema have captured this remarkable man and his eventful times. A 1992 ALA Notable Book. Full color

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 8

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