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The Story of English


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A Muse of Fire
Presented by Robert MacNeil This is the story of the English language in the age of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible , and of how it was taken to the New World by the pioneering Elizabethans.
A Muse of Fire explores
Shakespeare's English in all its many colours: in the plays of the First Folio, on the lips of Shakespeare's contemporaries, and in the way that it influences people still. Filmed in some strange and isolated communities, both here and in North
America, the programme shows how you can still find Shakespearian pronunciations in rural
Warwickshire, and how the accents of the English West Country, still surviving on the east coast of the United States, provide the basis for American English today. Written by ROBERT MCCRUM
Film cameraman JOHN GOODYER Assistant producer HOWARD REID Director JOHN PETT
Series producer WILLIAM CRAN Book, £14.95 from booksellers
The BBCtv Shakespeare paperbacks include: All's Well that Ends Well, E2. 00 Antony and Cleopatra, £2.50
Julius Caesar , £1.35; King Lear, £2.50; Macbeth, £2.50; Othello, £2.50 * CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Presented By: Robert MacNeil
Unknown: William Shakespeare
Unknown: King James Bible
Written By: Robert McCrum
Unknown: John Goodyer
Producer: Howard Reid
Director: John Pett
Producer: William Cran
Unknown: Julius Caesar

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