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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: EEBO Editions, ProQuest (January 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 124080850X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1240808502
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,010,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sky on January 30, 2013
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This isn't my favorite reading, but I have been getting the kindle versions of Shakespeare for a class, and I am loving these free kindle books. They have been great, and there has been nothing wrong with any of the prints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deby on December 21, 2012
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I always liked Shakespeare and this is just another work that has made me enjoy his work even more than when I was required to read it in high school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizeth Lanz on December 9, 2013
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One of the most romantic tragedy i've read..... A little confusing at first being esl but I still loved it
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greek gods , venus is the statue made in rememberence of somebody special . Adonis is someone I dont' wish to know well in the text.
somehow the two greekgods are nobody I want in my modern work of words
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe oyala on July 17, 2012
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Buyer beware,

The text in this book is difficult to read. The script is printed in old English, and its font is rather tricky to become accustomed to. Also, there are words that simply aren't printed properly, so that's only beneficial if you like to GUESS what Shakespeare was writing.

It's worth owning for collecting sake, but not very practical.
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