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Shakespeare, William

(Encyclopedia) Shakespeare, William, 1564–1616, English dramatist and poet, b. Stratford-upon-Avon. He is widely considered the greatest playwright who ever lived. Life His father, John Shakespeare…

Jaggard, William

(Encyclopedia) Jaggard, William, c.1568–1623, London printer and publisher. Although it seems that he had previously pirated some of Shakespeare's works, he was chosen by the editors John Heming…

Hathaway, Anne

(Encyclopedia) Hathaway, Anne: see Shakespeare, William.

Ireland, William Henry

(Encyclopedia) Ireland, William Henry, 1777–1835, English forger of Shakespearean documents and manuscripts. Besides forging deeds and signatures relating to Shakespeare, Ireland fabricated two plays…

Shakespeare's Plays

(Encyclopedia) Shakespeare's Plays(arranged by approximate date of composition)PlayApproximate date of compositionDate of first publicationSourcesMajor charactersGenreHenry VI, Part…

Painter, William

(Encyclopedia) Painter, William, 1540?–1594, English translator. His Palace of Pleasure (1566–67)—a collection of translations from Boccaccio, the Heptameron, and many other sources—was drawn upon by…

Stratford-on-Avon

(Encyclopedia) Stratford-on-Avon, district (2001 pop. 111,484), Warwickshire, central England, on the Avon River. The town and former borough of Stratford-upon-Avon is the administrative seat of the…

Chambers, Sir Edmund Kerchever

(Encyclopedia) Chambers, Sir Edmund Kerchever, 1866–1954, English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. He wrote The Mediaeval Stage (1903), The Elizabethan Stage (1923), Arthur of Britain (1927…

Dodd, William

(Encyclopedia) Dodd, William, 1729–77, English author. At one time king's chaplain, he ran heavily into debt, forged a bond, and was sentenced to death. Dr. Johnson led a movement to obtain…