William Shakespeare

The evidence above proves William existed but not that he was a playwright nor an actor nor a poet. In fact recently some academics who call themselves the Oxfords argue that Stratford's celebrated playwright did not write any of the plays attributed to him. They suggest that he was merely a businessman and propose several contenders for authorship, namely an Edward de Vere.

Evidence that the great Bard wrote his plays.

The earliest proof that William did indeed write 37 plays was Robert Greene’s criticism of the Bard in his Groatsworth of Wit, Bought with a Million of Repentance which attacked Shakespeare for having the nerve to compete with him and other playwrights in 1592 . Robert Greene made this quite clear by calling him "an upstart crow". This criticism was placed with the Stationers’ Registrar on the 20th of September, 1592.

Proof that William was an actor comes from his own performances before Queen Elizabeth herself in 1594 and evidence of William's interest in theatre comes from the Bard's name being listed in 1594 and 1595 as a shareholder (part owner) of the Lord Chamberlain’s Company, a theatre company.

The Bard's reputation as a poet is again confirmed in 1598, when Francis Meres attacked him as being "mellifluous" and described his work as honey-tongued, "sugared sonnets among his private friends" in his own Palladis Tamia of 1598.

William's theatre presence is again confirmed by his name being recorded as one of the owners of the Globe theatre in 1599 and on May the 19th, 1603, he received a patent, titling him as one of the King’s Men (previously called the Chamberlain’s men) and a Groom of the Chamber by James I, the then King of England. This honour made William a favorite for all court performances, earned each King’s man extra money (30 pounds each for a performance in 1603 alone) and made the Bard's name one rather above reproach. Macbeth which celebrates King James I ancestor Malcolm, is considered to have been written in part as appreciation for the King’s patronage. And as a potent form of royalist propaganda (it warned of the dangers of killing a King appointed like James, by God).

The First Folio (1623): Conclusive proof that Shakespeare authored his plays.

The proof most often cited that Shakespeare authored his plays however, was the First Folio (1623) where Henry Condell and John Hemminges who were actors in the Bard's theatre company, claim in a dedicatory verse within the Folio that they recorded and collected his plays as a memorial to the late actor and playwright. In terms of value, the First Folio originally was sold for just 1 Pound in 1623. Today as one of just 250 still in existence, it would fetch nearly 3 million dollars (US).

Ben Jonson criticizes and then praises William by name.

Further proof of authorship comes in the form of a poem by Ben Jonson, one of the Bard's more friendly rivals, which criticizes the playwrights dramatic plays. It is contained within a work entitled Discoveries (also known as Timber) dated 1641. Despite his criticism, Ben Johnson paradoxically also said that Stratford's famous Bard's works were timeless, describing them as "not of an age, but for all time".

Перейти на сторінку номер:
 1  2  3 

Подібні реферати:

Історичне значення Донцовського «Вістника»

Донцовський ЛНВ («Вістник») мав величезний вплив на весь свій час. Кожний час має свій дух і свої ви­моги. У добу сумнівів і непевності діяльність Дмитра Донцова здійснювалась у річищі най­посутніших пот­реб українства. За визнанням Ми­хайла Сосновського, «ЛНВістник не був єдиним українським виданням, присвяченим питанням культури, науки, літератури й суспільно-політичного життя, але він був єдиним, що кидав нове світло на українські проблеми, по-новому підходив до ок­ремих питань і по-новому їх інтер­пре­тував. Ха­рактер, ...

Преса Донбасу - від зародження до 1917 р.

Територія, яку нині займають Донецька та Луганська області, довгий час належала до Катеринославської губернії (нині Дніпропетровська область). Тому початком місцевої журналістики слід вважати 1838 рік, коли за рішенням царського уряду в семи губерніях Малоросії почали видаватися офіціозні газети губернських управ. “Екатеринославские губернские ведомости” - одна з них, перший номер її було видано 7 січня 1838 року, останній у 1918 році.У різні періоди вона виходила раз, двічі (з 1868 р.) або тричі (з 1904 р.) на тиждень, а з ...

Windsor castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest royal residence to have remained in continuous use by the monarchs of Britain and is in many ways an architectural epitome of the history of the nation. Its skyline of battlements, turrets and the great Round Tower is instantly recognised throughout the world. The Castle covers an area of nearly thirteen acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent collegiate church and the homes or workplaces of a large number of people ,including the Constable and Governor of the Castle, the ...