William Shakespeare

Standard Name: Shakespeare, William


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Anthologization Jo Shapcott
Germaine Greer 's Poems for Gardeners, 2003, includes several of the sensuous little 2-stanza poems that are Shapcott's version of Rainer Maria Rilke 's Les Roses, and printed in her Tender Taxes...
Anthologization Viola Meynell
In December 1910, VM and her siblings Francis , Olivia , and Monica published a poetry anthology called Eyes of Youth (a phrase taken from Shakespeare 's The Merry Wives of Windsor), which included...
Birth Ngaio Marsh
NM was born the only child of New Zealand-born Rose Seager Marsh and British-born Henry Edmond Marsh, in a modest, rented house in Fendalton, a suburb of Christchurch.
Lewis, Margaret. Ngaio Marsh: A Life. Chatto & Windus.
McDorman, Kathryne Slate. Ngaio Marsh. Twayne.
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It did not...
Birth Viola Tree
Her father, the famous actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree , named her after the Viola of Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night (though he almost named her Rosalind, for As You Like It). At her birth...
Characters Ivy Compton-Burnett
In A Heritage and its History an elderly uncle marries a young girl, his nephew seduces her and the son of their union later wishes to marry the nephew's legitimate daughter.
British Book News. British Council.
(1959): 747
It features...
Characters Elizabeth B. Lester
EBL gives a different interpretation to Mrs Ross's phrase the balance of comfort, balancing (here and in later novels) the single against the married life. The title-page quotes five prose maxims from one Harris...
death Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Reportedly, during the earliest stages of her illness, she was found resting on the sofa and reading Shakespeare . Life is worth living, she told her family, as long as there is King Lear to...
death Christopher Marlowe
Standard accounts of his death used to say that it was a brawl, largely caused by himself. But accident seems unlikely. He had recently been brought in for questioning by the Privy Council , but...
Dedications Anna Brownell Jameson
ABJ published in two volumes Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical, later renamed Shakespeare 's Heroines; it was dedicated to Fanny Kemble .
Johnston, Judith. Anna Jameson: Victorian, Feminist, Woman of Letters. Scolar Press.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder.
Dedications Christabel Coleridge
This small-size book has an ornamental cover and title-page, both printed in black and red on white. CC dedicates it, with a quotation offering flowers, from Shakespeare 's The Winter's Tale, to J. F...
Education Melesina Trench
Her successive years with different guardians account for the apparent inconsistency in her comments about her education. In maturity she named her favourite youthful reading as Shakespeare , Molière , and Sterne .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Yet she...
Education Pauline Johnson
PJ was educated at home first by her mother , who introduced her to the English Romantics. She was also taught by a governess in her early years. Chiefswood was full of books, and she...
Education Margaret Drabble
MD has recalled how her father, newly demobbed after his wartime army service, patiently taught me to read from a primer called The Radiant Way. Later, Mary McCarthy 's The Group and Doris Lessing
Education Anne Ridler
She lived in a King's College hostel in Queensborough Terrace near Hyde Park,London. The course included lectures on history and literature. The distinguished scholar Jack Isaacs lectured on Shakespeare , Donne , and Milton
Education Margaret Holford
The younger Margaret was taught at home, and became a precocious and devoted reader of Shakespeare and others. Her appetite for all kinds of literature was said to be insatiable.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Travelling in France years...


25 October 1415: Henry V's victory over the French at Agincourt...

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25 October 1415

Henry V 's victory over the French at Agincourt initiated the peak period of English rule over France.

3 March 1592: The first part of William Shakespeare's Henry...

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3 March 1592

The first part of William Shakespeare 's Henry VI (not, however, the first part to be written) probably had its opening performance.

18 April 1593: Shakespeare's first published work, the narrative...

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18 April 1593

Shakespeare 's first published work, the narrative poemVenus and Adonis, was registered with the Stationers' Company ; the only recorded copy is in the Bodleian Library .

2 May 1594: The Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by Shakespeare,...

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2 May 1594

The Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by Shakespeare , was entered in the Stationers' Register.

1597: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, probably...

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Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet, probably written in 1594-5, was both staged and published.

22 July 1598: Shakespeare's comedy The Merchant of Venice...

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22 July 1598

Shakespeare 's comedyThe Merchant of Venice was entered in the Stationers' Register by the printer named James Roberts.

September 1598: Ben Jonson's earliest well-known comedy,...

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September 1598

Ben Jonson 's earliest well-known comedy, Every Man in His Humour, was first performed, with a cast that included Richard Burbage and William Shakespeare .

: Shakespeare probably completed the story...

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Shakespeare probably completed the story of his two Henry IVhistoryplays by writing Henry V, in which the charismatic but formerly undisciplined prince makes good as national military hero.

: Shakespeare probably composed his Roman history...

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Shakespeare probably composed his Roman historyplayJulius Caesar.

Spring 1599: As soon as the danger of frost was over,...

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Spring 1599

As soon as the danger of frost was over, the Globe Theatre was built,or re-built, in Southwark, south of the river in London, as a home for Shakespeare 's company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men .

: William Jaggard published The Passionate...

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William Jaggard published The Passionate Pilgrime, a pirated miscellany including poetry by Marlowe , Shakespeare , and others; the title-page ascription to Shakespeare is unjustified.

4 August 1600: Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It was entered...

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4 August 1600

Shakespeare 's comedy As You Like It was entered in the Stationers' Register ; it remained unpublished until 1623.

23 August 1600: William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado about...

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23 August 1600

William Shakespeare 's comedy Much Ado about Nothing, probably written between summer 1598 and spring 1599, was licensed with the Stationers' Company ; it was printed this year.

7 February 1601: Followers of the Earl of Essex attended a...

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7 February 1601

Followers of the Earl of Essex attended a play at the Globe Theatre, the day before rising against Queen Elizabeth : this has been taken, probably wrongly, to demonstrate the theatre's political power.

26 July 1602: Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet was entered...

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26 July 1602

Shakespeare 's tragedy Hamlet was entered in the Stationers' Register , probably not long after its first performance.


Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Editor Hoy, Cyrus, W.W. Norton & Company, 1992.
Callcott, Maria, and William Shakespeare. “Introduction”. The Seven Ages of Shakspeare, edited by J. Martin and J. Martin, J. Van Voorst, 1840.
Shakespeare, William. “Introduction”. Macbeth, edited by Kenneth Muir, Methuen, 1953, p. xi - lxxiv.
Shakespeare, William. “Introduction”. Sonnets, edited by Alfred Leslie Rowse, Macmillan, 1964, p. vii - xxxvii.
Shakespeare, William. “Introduction and Textual Note”. Hamlet, edited by Edward Hubler, New American Library, 1963.
Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Editor Rowse, Alfred Leslie, Macmillan, 1964.
Shakespeare, William. The Family Shakespeare. Editor Bowdler, Henrietta Maria, R. Cruttwell; J. Hatchard, 1807.
Shakespeare, William. The Plays of William Shakespeare. Editor Johnson, Samuel, Vol.
8 vols.
, Printed for J. and R. Tonson, 1765.