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William Shakespeare His Homes and Haunts   By: (1872-1958)

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SHAKESPEARE

THE PILGRIM BOOKS

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

THE PILGRIM BOOKS

General Editor

S. L. BENSUSAN

1. SHAKESPEARE 2. LAMB 3. WORDSWORTH

Others in Preparation

=THE ELY PALACE PORTRAIT AT SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE=

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

HIS HOMES AND HAUNTS

BY S.L. BENSUSAN

WITH TWELVE DRAWINGS IN CRAYON BY A. FORRESTIER AND FOUR PORTRAITS

LONDON: T. C. & E. C. JACK 16 HENRIETTA STREET, W.C. AND EDINBURGH

HUNC LIBELLUM

REVERENDISSIMO

M. GASTER, PH.D.

VIRO ERUDITISSIMO

PRAECEPTORI PERITISSIMO

AMICO FIDELISSIMO

MAGNA CUM REVERENTIA

D.D.D.

OLIM DICIPULUS

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. STRATFORD ON AVON 1

II. THE POET'S YOUTH 8

III. NATURE ROUND STRATFORD AND SHOTTERY 15

IV. FIRST DAYS IN LONDON 20

V. SHAKESPEARE'S LONDON 24

VI. THE STAGE IN SHAKESPEARE'S DAY 28

VII. SHAKESPEARE'S EARLY PLAYS 35

VIII. THE ELIZABETHAN TAVERNS 41

IX. THE MIDDLE PERIOD 46

X. THE LATEST PLAYS 50

XI. BACK AGAIN IN STRATFORD 55

XII. THE POET'S DOMESTIC LIFE 64

XIII. STRATFORD AS IT WAS 72

XIV. THE CLOSE OF LIFE 81

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THE ELY PORTRAIT AT SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE Frontispiece

THE HOME OF JOHN SHAKESPEARE, SNITTERFIELD Facing p. 4

ANNE HATHAWAY'S COTTAGE INTERIOR " 12

MARY ARDEN'S COTTAGE " 16

THE EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON " 20

ANNE HATHAWAY'S COTTAGE " 24

GUILD CHAPEL AND SCHOOL " 28

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH AND THE AVON, STRATFORD " 32

BEN JONSON " 36

CHARLECOTE HALL " 40

INTERIOR OF ST. SAVIOUR'S AT SOUTHWARK " 44

THE FIRST GLOBE THEATRE " 48

MICHAEL DRAYTON " 52

THE MERMAID INN " 64

SHAKESPEARE'S HOUSE, STRATFORD ON AVON " 72

SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE, STRATFORD ON AVON " 80

PREFACE

In telling the story of Shakespeare's life and work within strict limits of space, an attempt has been made to keep closely to essential matters. There is no period of the poet's life, there is no branch of his marvellous work, that has not been the subject of long and learned volumes, no single play that has not been discussed at greater length than serves here to cover the chief incidents of work and life together. If the Homes and Haunts do not claim the greater part of the following pages, it is because nobody knows where to find them to day. Stratford derives much of its patronage from unsupported traditions, the face of London has changed, and though we owe to the painstaking researches of Dr. Chas. Wm. Wallace the very recent discovery that the poet lodged with a wig maker named Mountjoy at the corner of Silver and Monkwell Streets in the City of London, much labour must be accomplished before we shall be able to follow his wanderings between the time of his arrival in and departure from the metropolis... Continue reading book >>




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