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Shakespeare saved my life: ten years in solitary with the bard

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"Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account."--Shelf Awareness

A female professor, a super maximum security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both

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.

What reviewers are saying about Shakespeare Saved My Life

"You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book. "Shakespeare Saved My Life" also reveals many important truths ... about the meaning of empathy in our dealings with others"--Finger Lake Times

"Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... An inspiring account."--Shelf Awareness

"Opening the mind's prison proves enormously gratifying, not to mention effective ... brave, groundbreaking work"--Publishers Weekly

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

"A powerful testament to how Shakespeare continues to speak to contemporary readers in all sorts of circumstances."--Booklist

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subject_facet Drama -- Study and teaching -- Indiana -- Case studies, Prison theater -- Massachusetts -- Case studies, Prison theater -- United States -- Case studies, Prisoners -- Books and reading -- United States, Prisoners -- Education -- Indiana -- Case studies, Prisoners -- Indiana -- Case studies, Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Appreciation, Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Influence, Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Study and teaching -- Indiana -- Case studies
title_display Shakespeare saved my life : ten years in solitary with the bard
title_full Shakespeare Saved My Life Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, Shakespeare saved my life : ten years in solitary with the bard / Laura Bates
title_short Shakespeare saved my life :
title_sub ten years in solitary with the bard
topic_facet Appreciation, Biography & Autobiography, Books and reading, Drama, Education, Influence, Nonfiction, Prison theater, Prisoners, Shakespeare, William, Study and teaching