A riveting exploration of the power of literature, Shakespeare Saved My Life is the story of a prisoner in solitary confinement and how his life was changed by Shakespeare. It's also about a Shakespeare professor and how her life was changed by him. It introduces the reader to a world that few ever enter: a world in which both the prisoner and the professor spent ten transformative years.
DR. LAURA BATES is an English professor at Indiana State University, where she has taught courses on Shakespeare for the past 15 years to students on campus and in prison. She has a PhD from the University of Chicago with a focus on Shakespeare studies. Her work has been featured in national media, including MSNBC's Lock Up. She lives in Indiana.