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Shakespeare: The World As A Stage: Bill Bryson

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By the start of the 20th century, several tons worth of new dinosaur bones have been excavated, leaving the next generation of scientists perplexed about how to age them and reconcile them with wild speculations about Earth’s age (which range from 5,000 years to millions of years), though none of the estimates come anywhere near the ballpark of the actual time of the dinosaurs, which was 65 million years ago. Of the approximate three thousand plays thought to have been staged in London from about the time of Shakespeare's birth to the closure of the theatres by the Puritans in 1642, 80 per cent are known only by title. I’ve worked as an editor for years, and the notion of spelling words haphazardly is completely contrary to everything I’ve ever been taught. The potential for engagement in scientific progress is thus very high if scientists express themselves in ways that capture the public imagination. Bryson has written a number of nonfiction books on topics including travel, the English language, and science.

His face is familiar to all, yet in reality very little is known about the man behind the masterpieces. He’s obviously an important guy – I use his words and allusions all day long, but he’s also so important that studies and books about Shakespeare tend to be a bit intense…and a bit dense. Shakespeare’s language,” says Stanley Wells, “has a quality, difficult to define, of memorability that has caused many phrases to enter the common language. The headings at the top of the pages are identical, from first page to last - Bill Bryson on the left page, SHAKESPEARE on the right. According to one estimate at least 70 percent of men and 90 percent of women of the period couldn’t even sign their names.But it does give references to a number of books which may be referred to by those interested in seriously studying the life and works of Shakespeare and the world he inhabited. It) had a distinction in that it was designed exclusively for theatrical productions, and took no earnings from other entertainments.

An American expat born in Des Moines, Iowa, a Briton by choice, Bill Bryson is an intentional and perpetual tourist, and it’s a great pleasure to accompany him on his foray into the 16th century. These columns were selected and adapted to become his book I'm a Stranger Here Myself, alternatively titled Notes from a Big Country in Britain, Canada, and Australia. Mantell found, but because he doesn’t know about dinosaurs yet he assumes it comes from an ancient lizard, which he names “iguanadon. Bill Bryson OBE: the UK's highest-selling author of non-fiction, acclaimed as a science communicator, historian and man of letters. but it would doubtless have allowed him (assuming he wished it) much greater control than had he simply surrendered a script to others, as most playrights did.Imagine what it must have been like to watch Macbeth without knowing the outcome, to be part of a hushed audience hearing Hamlet's soliloquy for the first time, to witness Shakespeare speaking his own lines.

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