Fundstück von Bill Bryson

What we do have for Shakespeare are his plays – all of them but one or two – thanks in very large parts to the efforts of his colleagues Henry Condell and John Heminges, who put together a more or less complete volume of his work after his death – the justly revered First Folio. It cannot be overemphasized how fortunate we are to have so many of Shakespeare’s works, for the usual condition of sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century plays is to be lost. Few manuscripts from any playwrights survive, and even printed plays are far more often missing than not. Of the approximately three thousand plays thought to have been staged in London from about the time of Shakespeare’s birth to the closure of the theatres by the Puritans in a coup of joylessness in 1642, 80 per cent are known only by title. Only 230 or so play texts still exist from Shakespeare’s time, including the thirty-eight by Shakespeare himself – about 15 per cent of the total, a gloriously staggering proportion. (S. 18)

Bill Bryson: Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (2007)

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2 Kommentare zu „Fundstück von Bill Bryson“

  1. Die Shakespeare-Biografie hab ich auch gelesen und rezensiert. Ich fand seinen Ton und Art des Erzählens perfekt um interessante wissenschaftliche Fakten rüberzubringen. Vor allem wenn man bedenkt, dass fast alles was mit Shakespeare zu tun hat kaum historisch gesichert ist.

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