Shakespeare of Stratford

Shakespeare of Stratford  (1926) 
by Tucker Brooke



Published under the Direction

of the

Department of English, Yale University,

on the Fund

Given to the Yale University Press in 1917

by the Members of the

Kingsley Trust Association

(Scroll and Key Society of Yale College)

To Commemorate the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

of the Founding of the Society

The Yale Shakespeare





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Copyright, 1926
By Yale University Press
Printed in the United States of America

First published, February, 1926
Second printing, August, 1934
Third printing, December, 1947

All rights reserved to the editorial contributions to this edition, which may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, in any form, except by written permission from the publishers.


The Biographical Facts
  I. Shakespeare’s Birth (1564) 1
  II. Shakespeare’s Marriage (1582) 2
  III. Birth of Shakespeare’s Daughter, Susanna (1583) 6
  IV. Birth of Shakespeare’s Twin Children (1585) 6
  V. Mention of Shakespeare as Heir of John and Mary Shakespeare (1589) 7
  VI. Greene’s Indictment of Shakespeare (1592) 9
  VII. Chettle’s Apology to Shakespeare (1592) 10
  VIII. Shakespeare’s Formal Début as a Poet (1593) 11
  IX. Shakespeare’s Acknowledgment of Southampton’s Patronage (1594) 12
  X. The Earliest Tribute to Shakespeare by Name as a Poet (1594) 13
  XI. Record of Shakespeare as Member of Lord Chamberlain’s Company of Players (1595) 14
  XII. Burial of Shakespeare’s Son (1596) 15
  XIII. Draft of Grant of Arms to Shakespeare’s Father (1596) 15
  XIV. Shakespeare Assessed for Taxes as Resident of St. Helen’s Parish, Bishopsgate (1596–1598) 18
  XV. Shakespeare Purchases New Place in Stratford (1597) 20
  XVI. Shakespeare Interested in Purchases of Land at Shottery (1598) 22
  XVII. Shakespeare Listed among Holders of Corn and Malt in Stratford (1598) 24
  XVIII. Shakespeare’s Name Begins to Appear on Title-pages of His Plays (1598) 24
  XIX. Shakespeare Recognized as One of the Classic English Poets (1598) 25
  XX. Shakespeare a Principal Actor in Jonson’s ‘Every Man in His Humour’ (1598) and ‘Sejanus’ (1603) 27
  XXI. Richard Quyny Borrows Thirty Pounds from Shakespeare (1598) 28
  XXII. Allusions to Shakespeare’s Loan to Quyny (1598) 29
  XXIII. Shakespeare Sells a Load of Stone to the Stratford Corporation (1599) 30
  XXIV. John Weever’s Sonnet to Shakespeare (1599) 31
  XXV. Shakespeare a Part Owner of the Globe Theatre (1599) 31
  XXVI. Confirmation and Extension of Heraldic Honors to John Shakespeare (1599) 32
  XXVII. Shakespeare’s Name Exploited by W. Jaggard (1599) 34
  XXVIII. First Mention of Shakespeare’s Name in Register of the Stationers’ Company (1600) 35
  XXIX. Shakespeare’s Fame Extends to Cambridge (1600) 36
  XXX. Shakespeare and His Wife Mentioned in Thomas Whittington’s Will (1601) 37
  XXXI. Death of Shakespeare’s Father (1601) 38
  XXXII. A Cambridge Anecdote of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson (1601–1602) 38
  XXXIII. Manningham’s Anecdote of Shakespeare and Burbage (1602) 39
  XXXIV. Shakespeare Buys Arable Land in Old Stratford (1602) 39
  XXXV. Shakespeare Gets Assurance of His Title to New Place (1602) 42
  XXXVI. Shakespeare Buys a Cottage and Land Opposite New Place (1602) 43
  XXXVII. Shakespeare and His Colleagues Become the King’s Servants (1603) 45
  XXXVIII. Camden Ranks Shakespeare among the English Immortals (1603) 47
  XXXIX. Grant of Red Cloth to Shakespeare as Groom of the King’s Chamber (1604) 48
  XL. The King’s Players in Attendance on the Spanish Ambassador (1604) 49
  XLI. Scoloker on ‘Friendly Shakespeare’ and His Hamlet (1604) 50
  XLII. The King’s Men Perform Shakespeares Plays at Court (1604–1605) 50
  XLIII. Bequest of a Gold Piece to Shakespeare from Augustine Phillips (1605) 52
  XLIV. Shakespeare Purchases an Interest in the Tithes of Stratford and Adjacent Villages (1605) 52
  XLV. Marriage of Shakespeare’s Daughter, Susanna (1607) 55
  XLVI. Shakespeare at the Height of His Fame as a Dramatist (1607) 55
  XLVII. Burial of Edmund, Shakespeare’s Brother (1607) 56
  XLVIII. Baptism of Shakespeare’s Granddaughter (1608) 57
  XLIX. Burial of Shakespeare’s Mother (1608) 57
  L. Shakespeare’s Suit against John Addenbrooke of Stratford (1608–1609) 57
  LI. Complaint of Shakespeare and Others to the Lord Chancellor regarding the Stratford Tithes (1609) 59
  LII. Shakespeare Confirms and Extends His Purchase of Land (1610) 63
  LIII. Shakespeare Praised as a Companion for a King (ca. 1611) 64
  LIV. Beaumont (?) in Praise of Shakespeare’s Lack of Learning 64
  LV. Burial of Gilbert Shakespeare (1612) 64
  LVI. Shakespeare as Witness in the Belott—Mountjoy Suit (1612) 65
  LVII. Burial of Richard, the Poet’s Brother (1613) 70
  LVIII. Shakespeare Purchases a House in Blackfriars, London (1618) 70
  LIX. Mortgage Deed on the Blackfriars Property (1613) 72
  LX. Shakespeare and Burbage Employed by the Earl of Rutland (1618) 73
  LXI. Thomas Freeman’s Sonnet to Shakespeare (1614) 74
  LXII. Bequest to Shakespeare in John Combe’s Will (1614) 75
  LXIII. Agreement Protecting Shakespeare against Loss of Tithe Income at Welcombe (1614) 75
  LXIV. Notes of Thomas Greene concerning Shakespeare’s Attitude toward Enclosures at Welcombe (1614–1615) 77
  LXV. Friendly Chancery Suit of Shakespeare and Others concerning Property in Blackfriars (1615) 78
  LXVI. Marriage of Shakespeare’s Younger Daughter (1616) 81
  LXVII. Shakespeare’s Will (1616) 82
  LXVIII. Shakespeare’s Death and Burial (1616) 87
  LXIX. Introductory Matter to the Shakespeare Folio (1623) 87
  LXX. Ben Jonson on Shakespeare (1630?) 96
Documents Mentioning William Shakespeare which are either Spurious or Relating to a Namesake of the Poet 98
The Chief Contemporary Allusions to Shakespeare’s Plays 101
The Printing of Shakespeare’s Works 116
Chronological Order of Shakespeare’s Works 120
Shakespeare’s Metrical Development 122
Shakespeare’s Theatres 129
The Personality of Shakespeare 136
General Index 161

The facsimile opposite represents Shakespeare’s deposition as witness in the Belott—Mountjoy suit of 1612. See pages 68–69.

The poet’s signature at the bottom of the paper is separately reproduced below in the size of the original.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.

The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.