Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare

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Author: Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema
Illustrations by Diane Stanley
Publisher: Mulberry Books, an imprint of William Morrow & Co.; Paperback
Ages: 9-12
Period: Elizabethan England; Non-fiction

Nobody knows exactly when or why William Shakespeare left his boyhood home of Stratford-on-Avon for the great city of London, but it didn't take long for him to make a name for himself. His plays are now performed almost every day in just about every part of the world, and even people who've never seen them, use words and phrases he introduced into the English language. How did a man from an unremarkable family create a legacy that the world will never forget? There will always be unsolved mysteries about Shakespeare, but what we do know of his life, his times, and his theater makes a dramatic and exciting story. This book is a wonderful effort to acquaint readers with Shakespeare's life within the framework of facts gathered by historians.

         

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