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Shakespeare

(2005)
A Biography
A non fiction book by

 
 
This is the big one from Peter Ackroyd — and a worthy companion to London: The Biography.

Only Peter Ackroyd can combine readable narrative and unique observation with a sharp eye for the fascinating fact. His method is to position Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, he not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background.

Some snippets: Shakespeare was secretly a Roman Catholic; the witches in Macbeth were not hags but nymphs played by boys; the "best" bed was for guests which was why he bequeathed his wife his "second best" bed (the matrimonial bed in which he probably died); "ham acting" derives from the strutting walk which showed off the ham-strings; an actor called "Will" played female parts — could it have been Shakespeare himself? And, the strongest bond in the plays is between father and daughter, perhaps reflecting Shakespeare's own family life.

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-4352-8309-0 / 978-1-4352-8309-1 (USA edition)
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October 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-385-51139-6 / 978-0-385-51139-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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September 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-85619-726-3 / 978-1-85619-726-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

August 2008 : Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Shakespeare La Biographie
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 2757805568 / 978-2757805565
Publisher: Points
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November 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-4000-7598-X / 978-1-4000-7598-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7493-8655-X / 978-0-7493-8655-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

November 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Shakespeare
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7393-2376-8 / 978-0-7393-2376-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Shakespeare (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-4159-2480-5 / 978-1-4159-2480-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Random House Audio
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Shakespeare; the Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-4159-2479-1 / 978-1-4159-2479-2 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Shakespeare: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon