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Michael Wood, a well-known BBC TV hisory presenter, gives a personable and intimate account of what William Shakespeare could have been like - child, husband, father, lover, as well as noted actor and, of course, genius playwright.
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In fluid and graphic language the book describes the times and customs of Elizabethan England and the way those times shaped the character of Shakespeare - based on Wood's intelligent interpretation of the facts available. He digs up a lot of little-known and intriguing details, such as that the schoolroom where William attended is still there in Stratford, largely as it was in his day.   He describes the passionate, almost destructive, intensity of Shakespeare's romantic involvement with his 'Dark Lady' and makes an educated guess at who she was - the first woman. appropriately, to have a book of poetry published in England.
The review of this Book prepared by John Clarke

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   ancient times

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V) If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More than 15 in color How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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