A very clever text that is deceptively simple. Each page has as a heading, a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays and then a short piece of text that explains an aspect of his life in chronological order.
With beautiful illustrations throughout, readers will also learn a lot from studying the detail in the artwork. Donovan Bixley has managed to put together a detailed picture of the man and include many facts that perhaps are not mainstream knowledge.
The book provides a real and entertaining study of Shakespeare while reminding the reader of his true talent and lasting legacy. It also provides a fascinating insight into the life of a playwright and actor in the times, and the constant struggle of making a living. According to the book, William Shakespeare added over 2000 new words to written English – a considerable feat!
A useful classroom text and an enjoyable read for all those interested in knowing more about the famous playwright.