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Shakespeare's Life: Questions and Answers

 When was Shakespeare born?

 Where was Shakespeare born?

 How did Shakespeare die?

 How old was Shakespeare when he died?

 Where is Shakespeare buried?

 Did Shakespeare have a happy childhood?

 What did Shakespeare learn at school?

 When did Shakespeare get married?

 Did Shakespeare have children?

 When were Shakespeare's "lost years"?

 Which play did Shakespeare write first?

 How many plays did Shakespeare write?

 What about Shakespeare's writing style?

 How large was Shakespeare's vocabulary?

 What were the four periods of Shakespeare's life as a writer?

 Do we know what Shakespeare's signature looked like?

 Did Shakespeare's know Christopher Marlowe?

 What was the name of Shakespeare's house in Stratford?

 Can you tell me about Shakespeare's coat-of-arms?

 What was Shakespeare's religion?

 What did Shakespeare drink?

 Was Shakespeare homosexual?

 Was Shakespeare a feminist?

 Was Shakespeare anti-Semitic?

 What things inspired Shakespeare?

 When did Shakespeare retire from acting?

 Was Shakespeare Shakespeare?

 What did Shakespeare look like?

 Was Shakespeare popular in his own day?

 Who paid Shakespeare?


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In the Spotlight

Points to Ponder

He was not of an age, but for all time!
And all the Muses still were in their prime,
When like Apollo he came forth to warme
Our eares, or like a Mercury to charme!
Preface to the First Folio, written by Ben Jonson

These words of praise, probably the most famous ever written about Shakespeare, were penned by Shakespeare's good friend and fellow writer, Ben Jonson. But why is Shakespeare timeless? Reuben Post Halleck put it best: "Sometimes a writer voices the ideals and aspirations of his own day so effectively that he is called the spokesman of his age, but he makes slight appeal to future generations. Shakespeare was the spokesman of his own time, but he had the genius also to speak to all ages. He loved to present the eternal truths of the human heart and to invest them with such a touch of nature as to reveal the kinship of the entire world." (Halleck's New History of Literature)