The Truth about William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies by David EllisHow can biographies of Shakespeare continue to appear when so little is known about him? And when what is known has been in the public domain for so long? In the past decade, the majority of these biographies have been published by distinguished Shakespeareans - shouldnt they know better? To solve this puzzle, David Ellis looks at the methods that Shakespeares biographers have used to hide their lack of knowledge. At the same time, by exploring efforts to write a life of Shakespeare along traditional lines, it asks what kind of animal biography really is and how it should be written.
The Truth About William Shakespeare
Please take your seats, the show is about to commence! All settled? Also known as: The Bard of Avon. No one can say the exact number, because some of his work may have been lost over time — and some may have been written with the help of other people. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare , a well-to-do glove-maker and leather worker, and his wife, Mary Arden , an heiress from a wealthy family. In fact, his actual date of birth remains a mystery to this day!
The Truth About Shakespeare
William Shakespeare lived through one of the most turbulent yet thrilling eras of English history — a period of plague, riots and political and religious tensions — and went on to become one of history's most famous playwrights. It was a man named Donald L Holmes who first discovered the anagram, possibly while musing about the frivolity of early modern orthography the art of writing words with the proper letters. Indeed, he could not even decide how to spell his own name. Consider the following variants on his signature when he was finalising legal documents such as the mortgage deeds on property in Blackfriars, and his will: Shaksper, Shakespe, Shakespere, and Shakspeare. Two households, both alike in dignitie, In faire Verona where we lay our Scene , From auncient grudge, break to new mutinie, Where civill bloud makes civill hands uncleane.