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Page 13 - literature.—' Mr. Lee's work, both for its literary qualities and its scholarship, does credit to English letters, and it will probably be regarded for years to come as the most useful, the most judicious, and the most authoritative of all existing biographies of the poet,
Page 6 - ink of the first signature which Shakespeare appended to his Will has now faded almost beyond recognition, but that it was ' Shakspere ' may be inferred from the facsimile made by George Steevens in 1776. The second and third signatures to the Will, which are easier to decipher, have been variously read as ' Shakspere,
Page 3 - As in the case of Edmund Spenser and of almost all the great authors who were contemporary with Shakespeare, no fragment of Shakespeare's Handwriting outside his signatures—no letter nor any scrap of his literary work—is known to be in existence. These five signatures were appended by the poet to the following documents :— The Purchase-deed (on parchment), dated March 10,
Page 5 - he had begun by the narrowness of the strip of parchment to which he was seeking to restrict his handwriting. Whether, therefore, the surname in the two documents should be interpreted as ' Shakspere ' or ' Shakspeare
Page 13 - Edition With Two Portraits of Shakespeare, a Portrait of the Earl of Southampton and Facsimiles of Shakespeare's known Signatures Large Crown 8vo.
Page 6 - Shakespeare; but a close examination suggests that, whatever the second signature may be, the third, which is preceded by the two words 'By me' (also in the poet's handwriting), is
Page 13 - Shakespeare." This masterly work is an honour to English scholarship, an almost perfect model of its kind, and it is matter for great national rejoicing that the standard life of Shakespeare has at last been made in England. Rarely have we seen a book so wholly satisfying, so admirably planned, so skilfully executed. ... It is an absolutely indispensable handbook for every intelligent reader of the plays.
Page 13 - Spectator.—' Unquestionably one of the most remarkable achievements of modern English scholarship. . . . The mass of obscure and tangled controversies which he has ravelled out is immense.' Times.—