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William Shakespeare - Author

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William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564.  He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.  Little is known of Shakespeare’s early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town.  There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.


When Shakespeare died fourteen of his plays had been separately published in Quarto booklets.  In 1623 his surviving fellow actors, John Heming and Henry Condell, with the co-operation of a number of printers, published a collected edition of thirty-six plays in one Folio volume, with an engraved portrait, memorial verses by Ben Jonson and others, and an Epistle to the Reader in which Heming and Condell make the interesting note that Shakespeare’s ‘hand and mind went together, and what he thought, he uttered with that easiness that we have scarce received from him a blot in his papers.’

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The Life and Death of King Richard III

The Life and Death of King Richard III

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2019

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2019

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2019

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2019

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2019

The Comedy of Errors (Unabridged Text)

The Comedy of Errors (Unabridged Text)

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Sonnets

The Sonnets

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Sonnets

The Sonnets

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Antony and Cleopatra (Unabridged Text)

Antony and Cleopatra (Unabridged Text)

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2019

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2019

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