The Works of William Shakespeare
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 272 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: SOME ACCOUNT LIFE OF SHAKESPEARE. All that is known with any degree of certainty concerning Shakespeare, is'that he was born at Stratford- upon-Avon'married and had children there'went to London, where he commenced actor, and wrote poems and plays'returned to Stratford, made his will, died, and was buried.1 Such is the remark made long ago by one of the most acute of his commentators: and even at the present day, ?notwithstanding some additional notices of Shakespeare which have been more recently discovered, ?the truth of the remark can hardly fail to be felt and acknowledged by all, except by professed antiquaries, with whom the mere mention of a name in whatever kind of document assumes the character of an important fact.2 1 Note by Steevens on Shakespeare's xciii11 Sonnet. 1 All that insatiable curiosity and unwearied diligence have hitherto detected about Shakespeare serves rather to disappoint and perplex us, than to furnish the slightest illustration of his character. It is not the register of his baptism, or the draft of his will, or the orthography of his name that we seek. Ko letter of his writing, no record of his conversation, no character of him drawn with any fullness by a contemporary has been produced.'Note. I am not much inclined to qualify this paragraph in consequence of the petty circumstances relating to Shakespearewhich have been lately brought to light, and which rather confirm thau otherwise what I have said. Hallam's Introd. to the Liter, of Europe, ii. 176, ed. 1843. Shakespeares abounded in Warwickshire: they were settled there as early as the fourteenth century; and, soon after, they spread themselves, in various branches, through the county: but genealogical inquiry has as yet been able to throw little light on the pedigree of the dr...