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."