The plays of William Shakspeare Volume 1

 
9780217128995: The plays of William Shakspeare Volume 1
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 Excerpt: ... SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE, etc. O F WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE. WRITTEN BY MR. ROW!. It seems to be a kind ofrespect due to the memory of excellent men, especially of those whom their wit and learning have made famous, to deliver some account of themselves, as well as their works, to posterity. For this reason, how fond do we see some people os discovering any little personal story of the great men of antiquity! their families, the common accidents of their lives, and even their shape, make, and features, have been the subject of critical inquiries. How trifling soever this curiosity may seem to be, it is certainly very natural, and we are hardly satisfied with an account of any remarkable person, till we have heard him described even to the very cloaths he wears. As for what relates to men of letters, the knowledge of an author may sometimes conduce to the better understanding his book; and though the works of Mr. Shakspeare may seem to many not to want a comment, yet I fancy some little account of the man himself may not be thought improper to go along with them. Ke was the son of Mr. John Shakspeare, and was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, in April 1564. His family, as appears by the register and publick writings relating of that town, were of good figure and fashion there, and are mentioned aa Vol. I.;B gentlemen. His father, who was a considerable dealer in wool,1 had so large a family, ten children. His father, who was a considerable dealer in wool,) It appears that lie hadbeen officer andbailiffof Stratford-upon-Avon; and that he enjoyed some hereditary lands and tenements, the reward of his grandfathers faithful and approved services to King Henry VII. Seethe Extract from the Herald's Office.THSOBALD. The chiefmagiftrate of the Body Corporate...

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