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By Arthur Gray

During this captivating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus collage, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the prospect that William Shakespeare spent his youth at Polesworth corridor within the wooded area of Arden, might be serving as a web page boy. The woodland of Arden as soon as stretched from simply north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and lined what's now Birmingham; Polesworth, close to Tamworth, used to be the house of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This most excellent concentration of artistic and cultural task may have provided the younger William publicity to the best minds, a superb schooling and beneficial introductions. Sir Henry, who obviously knew John Shakespeare in Stratford, used to be definitely client of many younger writers and musicians, together with the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If grey is right, Drayton could were a latest of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.

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Neither. He makes a wide detour through northern Warwickshire, and is at some pains to tell us what places lay about his march from London. * Sir Sidney Lee's statement that Shakespeare stood godfather to Davenant in 1605—Davenant was born in 1605-6—has no better foundation than a miserable old 'chestnut' told by Hearne in 1709, and by him fastened on Shakespeare. The story as told by John Taylor in 1630 had nothing in it about Shakespeare, Davenant or Oxford. 47 Shakespeare's Silence about Stratford Something lies behind this mystery.

Government and the governing class are perverse and foolish: something his reporting experiences told him of Taper and Tadpole, nothing of Ulysses. Such was the actual world of Dickens: Gonzalo's commonwealth never entered his vision. Yet one advantage was given to Dickens which was denied to the Stratford * Oddly, John Dickens, like John Shakespeare, had a family of seven children. 34 Concerning Genius apprentice. He was introduced in early days to all the turmoil and variety of London streets.

A Star Chamber suit, in which Falstaff is to be defendant, is the thin excuse. Before the scene is well through exeunt Shakespeare and Sir Thomas Lucy to share Master Page's venison pasty and drink down all unkindness. ' * Shallow being aged upwards of eighty, it is perhaps worth observation that Lucy (b. 1532) was not more than fifty-three at the time of the supposed deer-stealing business. Falstaff, on the evidence of Henry IV, Part n, being a 'co-etanean' of Shallow, at what patriarchal age had the Falstaff-Shakespeare of Merry Wives arrived?

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