Bard Of Avon: The Story Of William Shakespeare: The Story of William Shakespeare

Paperback | August 27, 1998

byDiane Stanley

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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."

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Although there are many unanswered questions and mysteries surrounding his Shakespeare's life, the legacy of his work is phenomenal. The Bard's plays are performed almost every day in almost every part of the world. Bard of Avon, his exciting life story, will be an adventure for young readers.

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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 d...

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 d...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 11 × 9.25 × 1.73 inPublished:August 27, 1998Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0688162940

ISBN - 13:9780688162948

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 8

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From Our Editors

Although there are many unanswered questions and mysteries surrounding his Shakespeare's life, the legacy of his work is phenomenal. The Bard's plays are performed almost every day in almost every part of the world. Bard of Avon, his exciting life story, will be an adventure for young readers.

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"A remarkably rounded picrure of Shakespeare's life and rhe period in which he lived. A discerning, knowledgeable biography, rising far above rhe ordinary." (The Horn Book(starred review))