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WILLIAM SHAKSPERE:

A BIOGRAPHY.

BY CHARLES KNIGHT

REVISED AVD AUG VEVTED.

“ All that is known with any degree of certainty concerning Shakspere is that he was born at Stratford
upon-Avon-married and had children there-went to London, where he commenced actor, and wrote poems
and plays-returned to Stratford, made his will, died, and was buried."- STEEVENS.

“ Along with that tomb-stone inforination, perhaps even without much of it, we could have liked to gain
some answer, in one way or other, to this wide question : What and how was English LIFE in Shak spere's
time; wherein has ours grown to differ therefrom? in other words : What things have we to forget, what to
fancy and remember, before we, from such distance, can put ourselves in Shak spere's place; and so, in the full
sense of the term, understand him, his sayings, and his doings !”_CARLYLE.

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