Happy Monday everyone!
As you may know we have our own Goodreads account and we like to keep you up-to-date with the books we’re currently reading here in the LRC.
Two members of the LRC staff recently finished reading Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as a Stage and we enjoyed it so much we gave it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. You can see our review here as well as our other bookshelves, what we’re reading and our other reviews.
If you have any books that you have loved so much that you just can’t keep them to yourselves then join us on Goodreads or send your reviews through to us to share on our page. We’d be interested to read them whether you want them published or not and any book recommendations are welcomed!
All of the rumours, documentaries, conspiracies and theories surrounding Shakespeare make it difficult to weed out fact from fiction but Bill Bryson’s fantastic wit and clear writing style make it the subject that much easier to digest. We were so intrigued by Bill Bryson’s take on Shakespeare’s life and legacy that we were left wanting to know more and more about this mysterious character. Unfortunatekly, as there is so little factual evidence of Shakespeare’s movements that we’re left with questions that can nvere be answered.
We’ve collected some interesting facts about the British Bard to share with you all:
1. No one knows what Shakespeare did between 1587 and 1592. These are referred to as his ‘Lost-Years’.
2. The original Globe Theatre burned down in 1613. The Globe Theatre was the Theatre Shakespeare built and you can visit the Globe Theatre in London which was re-built in his honour.
3. The First-Folio was published 7 years after Shakespeare’s death. The First-Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays that were collected by two of Shakespeare’s friends and printed in 1623.
4. William Shakespeare had 3 children with his wife Anne Hathaway but unfortunately there are no direct descendants. Shakespeare’s only son died at the age of 11 and his only Grandchild did not have any children.
5. There are no records of Shakespeare’s education. It is assumed that he attended King’s New School but there is no evidence to support this.
You can read more about Shakespeare on the British Library website by clicking here and you can visit the High Melton LRC to browse our extensive collection of Shakespeare publications.
Happy reading and keep your eyes peeled for more book reviews!