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  • Published: 14 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473546158
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 20 hr 3 min
  • Narrator: Andrew Dickson
  • RRP: $19.99

Worlds Elsewhere

Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe




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

Andrew Dickson’s startlingly original and joyously entertaining Worlds Elsewhere traverses centuries and continents to reveal Shakespeare and his works in a fantastic array of new guises…

‘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)

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

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. No other writer’s work has been performed, translated, adapted and altered in such a remarkable variety of cultures and languages. But what is it about William Shakespeare – a man from Warwickshire 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, Andrew Dickson takes us on a personal journey rich in insight and surprise. We enter the air-conditioned vault deep beneath Capitol Hill where the world’s largest collection of First Folios is stored; discover the shadowy history of Joseph Goebbels’s obsession with Shakespeare; and uncover the true story behind the scuffed edition in which Nelson Mandela and fellow Robben Island prisoners inscribed their names. Both cultural history and literary travelogue, Worlds Elsewhere is an attempt to understand how Shakespeare has become the international phenomenon he is – and why.

  • Published: 14 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473546158
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 20 hr 3 min
  • Narrator: Andrew Dickson
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Andrew Dickson

Andrew Dickson is a writer and critic. He grew up in Yorkshire and studied English at Cambridge, later returning to take an MPhil in Renaissance literature, and is currently an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. A former arts editor at the Guardian, he writes regularly for the paper and has contributed to the New Yorker and the New Statesman, as well as making frequent appearances on the BBC. He blogs at worldselsewhere.com

Praise for Worlds Elsewhere

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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