Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life

by Laura Bates
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Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402273155
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 77,068
File size: 3 MB

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Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[FTC disclaimer: I won this book from Sourcebooks via Goodreads. All comments are my own, sourcebooks a/o Goodreads have not influenced my review in any way.] This memoir is about real people in real situations with real ideas. Dr.Laura Bates writes about introducing a group of long term incarcerated men to a 400 year old author and how these guys, one in particular, Larry Newton, with the bare equililant of a fifth grade education, critcally disseminates some of Shakespeare's hardest works. Dr. Bates teaches Shakespeare at Indiana University. She begins volunteering in the prisons even before she completes her doctorate. Then, like many of us in teaching fields,her real education begins as she is witness to how education can change lives. And, the concepts and ideas that Larry intuits allow him to realize that he is more than what he is percieved to be. And that is how William Shakespeare saved his life, and changed Laura Bates'. Great book
ElfieLM More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  Who knew a bargain bin special would draw me into Larry's prison.  I felt his pain, injustice, fear and strength.  My greatest wish is that he was able to read this book and get his Shakespeare copy back.  My message to him and the author, "Stay strong!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I served on a state Board of Parole for 8 years, and found this book very insightful. I am recommending it to several who work within a prison system. It was a great read!
nolagras More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book without reservation. I wish that people who prefer retribution and punishment over rehabilitation would read it. I wish people who think that education in prisons is a waste of time and money would read it. I wish I had known about this book in time to assign it to the first-year college students to whom I teach English composition (critical reading, thinking, and writing). It is remarkable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a truly interesting and inspiring book. The supermax prisoner Larry Newton had some of the most poignant insights on Shakespeare that I have ever heard
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly inspiring...I read it in one sitting! Makes you think hard about how we look at literatur and how it can impact our lives. Especially if those who were not previously given the opportunity to read, process, AND express their opinion in an open, accepting educational environment. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - Amazing story. This is one of those good ideas that works and should be implemented! Read it - you'll be amazed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago