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by Peter Ackroyd

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    Oct 2005, 592 pages
    Nov 2006, 592 pages

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Ackroyd transforms the black-and-white sketch of Shakespeare into a richly colored portrait. Biography

From the book jacket: In a magnificent feat of recreating sixteenth-century London and Stratford, bestselling biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. Thousands of books have been written about the playwright, but none has borne Ackroyd's unique and accessible stamp. His method is to position the playwright in the context of his world, exploring everything from Stratford's humble town to its fields of wildflowers; discerning influences on the plays from unexpected quarters; and entering London with the playwright as modern theatre, as we know it, is just beginning to emerge.

Writing as though we are ...

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