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A touching story between a Shakespeare professor and a convicted murderer, who bonded over the Bard's immortal words.

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Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before—supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.

"Macbeth and Hamlet are the primary targets of examination, but the inmates take fresh approaches to several plays." ---Booklist

"An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline and the Bard of Avon." ---Kirkus

"Opening the mind's prison proves enormously gratifying, not to mention effective, for Bates as she offers the prisoners an alternative to frustrated violence." ---Publishers Weekly

Shakespeare Saved My Life

Ten Years in Solitary With the Bard

Author Laura Bates

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Publication date May 19, 2015

Running time 7 hrs 28 min

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