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.
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