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Cultural history combines with literary travelogue to show Shakespeare in an utterly original, international light

Anti-apartheid activist, Bollywood screenwriter, Nazi pin-up, hero of the Wild West: this is Shakespeare as you have never seen him before.

‘Extraordinarily exhilarating … like no other Shakespeare criticism you have ever read’
(Margaret Drabble) ~ ‘A tour de force by any standards’ (David Crystal) ~ ‘Revelatory’ (James Shapiro) ~ ‘Brilliantly original’ (Michael Pye)

From the sixteenth-century Baltic to the American Revolution, from colonial India to the skyscrapers of modern-day Shanghai, Shakespeare’s plays appear at the most fascinating of times and in the most unexpected of places. But what is it about William Shakespeare – a man who never once set foot outside England – that has made him at home in so many places around the globe?

Travelling across four continents, six countries and 400 years, Worlds Elsewhere is an attempt to understand how Shakespeare has become the international phenomenon he is – and why.

Reviews

Hugely enjoyable ... inspiring ... the book is a joy, full to bursting with surprising incidents, stories and insight

Dominic Gromgoole, Sunday Times

There were very few pages on which I didn’t learn something new or revelatory. A must-read for anyone interested in Shakespeare’s impact on people and politics around the globe

James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Much more than just a hugely entertaining travelogue. In its original, idiosyncratic way, Dickson’s action-packed global quest amounts to a substantial new contribution to Shakespeare scholarship

Anthony Holden, Observer

An extraordinarily exhilarating book. It is like no other Shakespeare criticism you have ever read … his cross-cultural insights into Shakespeare are remarkable … illustrated by and interwoven with many human stories

Margaret Drabble, New Statesman

Eye-opening and engrossing

Mail on Sunday

Immensely well-informed and highly readable. A revelatory journey of cultural exploration

Professor Stanley Wells, General Editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares

Brilliantly original. Absolutely engaging, witty and irresistible. What’s most remarkable: he’s said something new about Shakespeare

Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World

A truly original book about Shakespeare: one that explores the dramatist's global reach with tenacity, devotion and an exhilarating spirit of adventure

Michael Billington

Dickson makes an engaging, idiosyncratic guide as he investigates the details of Shakespeare's global reach.

Peter Carty, International Business Times

Entertaining and informative

Guardian

A young critic who matches energy and erudition with truly Elizabethan zest

Independent

A terrific and lively account

Irish Independent

A tour de force by any standards, a fascinating blend of travelogue and Shakespearean research that reads like a detective story

David Crystal, author of The Stories of English

A tour de force by any standards, a fascinating blend of travelogue and Shakespearean research that reads like a detective story

David Crystal, author of The Stories of English

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  • EBook

    9781448155095

    October 15, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    512 pages

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