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Short Synopsis
From Andrew Dickson, a book about how Shakespeare became fascinated with the world, and how the world became fascinated with Shakespeare.

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There are 83 copies of the First Folio in a vault beneath Capitol Hill, the world's largest collection. Well over 150 Indian movies are based on Shakespeare's plays—more than in any other nation. If current trends continue, there will soon be more high school students reading The Merchant of Venice in Mandarin Chinese than in early-modern English. Why did this happen, and how? Ranging ambitiously across four continents and 400 years, Worlds Elsewhere is an eye-opening account of how Shakespeare went global. Seizing inspiration from the playwright's own fascination with travel, foreignness, and distant worlds, Dickson takes us on an extraordinary journey—from Hamlet performed by English actors tramping through Poland in the early 1600s to twenty-first-century Shanghai, where Shashibiya survived Mao's Cultural Revolution to become an honored Chinese author.

Both a cultural history and a literary travelogue, the first of its kind, Worlds Elsewhere explores how Shakespeare became the world's writer, and how his works have changed beyond all recognition during the journey.

"[Andrew Dickson's] ability to convey surprise, wonder, intrigue, and the like with appropriate energy and vividness brings a fair amount of charm to this interesting and enlightening book." ---AudioFile

"Dickson's journey of discovery is surely the book of the year for Shakespeareans and many others." ---Booklist Starred Review

"[E]ngaging and informative…" ---Library Journal

"A frequently illuminating investigation of Shakespeare around the world." ---Kirkus
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Worlds Elsewhere

Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe

Author Andrew Dickson

Narrated by Andrew Dickson

Publication date May 10, 2016

Running time 20 hrs 5 min

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