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By Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on a captivating journey via Elizabethan England and the oddities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a brand new advent by means of the writer to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

William Shakespeare, the main celebrated poet within the English language, left in the back of approximately one million phrases of textual content, yet his biography has lengthy been a thicket of untamed supposition prepared round scant evidence. With a gradual hand and his trademark wit, invoice Bryson kinds via this colourful litter to bare the guy himself. His Shakespeare is like not anyone else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his attractive skepticism, and a present for storytelling unmatched in our time.

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28 Zézelle, on the other hand, smelled of “fine soap and oil of violets,” the very aroma of the Nice hinterland. She forgave everything. “During my childhood, she stood for refuge, for light. How often did she console me when I was punished unfairly, dealt with harshly, or scolded. She soothed me, she was full of moderation, of wisdom …” Anna was jealous. ” Irotchka was appalled: “How can I, after so many years, accurately describe the feeling that welled up in my soul, the storm of resentment, of pain, of wounded pride?

In the evenings, at harvest time, the dust from the straw in the ploughed fields stuck in one’s throat. ”8 The Dnieper, pausing over this landscape, flowed through it in huge meandering bends. The breaking ice drove back the opposite bank far beyond the horizon. From the hilltop where the statue of Prince Vladimir held aloft his cross, studded with light-bulbs, to guide the boatmen, stretched a sea on which the sun never shone. ”9 For the little girl who was short of breath, this botanical paradise would for ever be a stifling greenhouse, an olfactory variation on the well-known Russian excess.

When Anna and Leonid decided not to take Irotchka with them to France, she would be entrusted to her grandparents and sent to stay with Victoria. Victoria, in turn, received the same careful education as her older sister. She learned French. She was enrolled at the Gymnasium in Fundukleyev Street, in the heart of Kiev, at more or less the same period as Anna Akhmatova. “She was a delightful person and very easy to get on with, very pretty,” her granddaughter Tatiana recalls. ’ Because she had been spotted at an officers’ ball wearing her school uniform, the establishment was obliged to change the design.

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