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By William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt is largely thought of to be one of many maximum literature critics of all time. This re-creation provides Hazlitt's research of Shakespeare's performs and insights into the author's undying characters.

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It has sometimes been taken as a sign of an unhappy marriage (other supposed signs are the apparently hasty marriage, his wife s seniority of eight years, and his residence in London without his family). Perhaps the second-best bed was the bed the couple had slept in, the best bed being reserved for visitors. In any case, had Shakespeare not excepted it, the bed would have gone (with the rest of his household possessions) to his daughter and her husband. On 25 April 1616 Shakespeare was buried within the chancel of the church at Stratford.

A second example: Consider Ber Jonson’s poem entitled “To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare,” prefixed to the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays in 1623. According to Oxfordians, when Jonson in this poem speaks of the author of the plays as the “swan of Avon,” he is alluding not to William Shakespeare, who was born and died in Stratford-on-Avon and who throughout his adult life owned property there; rather, he is alluding to Oxford, who, the Ogburns say, used “William Shakespeare” as his pen name, and whose manor at Bilton was on the Avon River.

195). ) A Note on the Use of Boy Actors in Female Roles Until fairly recently, scholars were content to mention that the convention existed; they sometimes also mentioned that it continued the medieval practice of using males in female roles, and that other theaters, notably in ancient Greece and in China and Japan, also used males in female roles. ) Prudery may have been at the root of the academic failure to talk much about the use of boy actors, or maybe there really is not much more to say than that it was a convention of a male-centered culture (Stephen Greenblatt‘s view, in Shakespearean Negotiations [1988]).

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