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William Shakespeare
Dommermuth-Costa, Carol.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Reading Level:
1120 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 2.0 58723.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.6 6 Quiz: 35101 Guided reading level: W.
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PR2895 .D53 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-While biographies of the Bard may be almost as abundant as productions of his plays, this title is worth considering. The text is written in a clear, easy-to-follow prose style. In chapters corresponding to the "Seven Ages of Man" in As You Like It, the author tells Shakespeare's story (with emphasis on his success as both poet and playwright) while providing background information on customs, politics, and daily life in Elizabethan England. Although most of the story may be familiar, the author includes a few lesser-known details. She does not idly speculate about the many unknown facets of her subject's life; rather, she refers to other sources (e.g., biographer Nicholas Rowe and Shakespeare's contemporary Robert Greene) to support her text. She also quotes Shakespeare liberally, allowing his words to clarify her points. High-quality photos and engravings add information and clarification, and sidebars cover a variety of related topics, from comparative currency values to the Black Plague. The text is followed by a brief genealogy, a fairly extensive bibliography, up-to-date suggestions for further reading, and a thorough index. The book is geared to an older audience than Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema's Bard of Avon (Morrow, 1992) and will be more accessible to casual readers than Marchette Chute's classic Shakespeare of London (Dutton, 1949; o.p.). A welcome addition.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.